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Raonic to defend Brisbane International title

2016-10-11 09:00
Milos Raonic (AFP)

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 Dominic Thiem.

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.

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