Cape Town - Defending champion Milos Raonic has confirmed his
participation in January's Brisbane international.
Raonic won the event this year when he defeated Roger
Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the final, and to date, it is the only tournament he has
won in 2016.
The 25-year-old admitted that he is excited to be returning
to Brisbane as it will once again help prepare him for the Australian Open.
"I played some of my best tennis to beat Roger
(Federer) in the final last time,"
the world number six said. "The challenge for me is to make it
three (finals) in a row against a quality field of players all looking to start
the season well."
Raonic is the latest high-profile player to sign up for the
Brisbane International after Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Rafael Nadal and
Nishikori reached the quarter-finals of the tournament this
year before falling to Bernard Tomic, while Thiem reached the semi-finals,
where he lost to Federer.