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BRISBANE, Australia — Milos Raonic got one back on Roger Federer to start the season. After losing coach Ivan Ljubicic to the Federer camp leading into 2016, Raonic achieved something nobody else born in the 1990s has done against the 17-time major winner: beat him twice.

Raonic, 25, broke the serve of Federer, 34, once in each set of a 6-4, 6-4 win Sunday in the Brisbane International final, reversing the outcome of their meeting in last year's final at the Australian Open warmup event.

Ljubicic was in Federer's corner for the final. Carlos Moya, who will join Raonic's coaching crew, won't arrive in Australia until next week.

Raonic won his eighth career title and got his second win in 11 matches against Federer. It was a boost coming off a troubled end to 2015, when Raonic missed the last three weeks with a back problem. He also missed the French Open with a foot injury last year, parted company with Ljubicic and finished out of the top 10.

"With the difficulties I've had … it's maybe a good way for me to show the other guys I will face (in the Australian Open) I've got my stuff back together and I can play some good tennis again," he said.

Federer struggled early in the tournament with lingering flu symptoms.

Raonic "did well," he said. "It was a tough match. (My) legs were a little bit wobbly. Still, considering the week I've had, I'm actually quite happy."


alpine skiing: American Lindsey Vonn won a women's World Cup super-G for her second victory in as many days at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, heating up the battle for this season's overall title with leader Lara Gut of Switzerland. Vonn trailed Gut by 158 points going into the weekend's races but reduced her deficit to 38 after also winning Saturday's two-run downhill.

autos: Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first woman to race in Formula One, has died at the age of 89 in Scanzorosciate, Italy. Formula One made the announcement on its website without providing the date or cause of death. Ms. De Filippis made three starts for the Maserati team in 1958, finishing 10th at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for her best result.

running: Brazilian Fredison Costa won his third straight Walt Disney World Marathon, and fifth in six years, over a field of more than 26,000 runners. Costa, who has been living and training in the Orlando area the past two years, won in 2 hours, 33 minutes, 24 seconds. Mateus Trindade, also from Brazil, finished second (2:34:49). Natasha Yaremczuk, 35, of Montverde was the first female finisher in 2:52:23. Jennifer Walton of Wesley Chapel was second (3:01:38).

soccer: Swansea was humbled by fourth-tier Oxford for the first big shock of the FA Cup third round in England, and Tottenham needed an 89th-minute penalty from Harry Kane to salvage a 2-2 draw against Leicester. Tottenham secured a replay against Leicester. … Atletico Madrid returned to the top of the Spanish league with a 2-0 win against Celta Vigo. Atletico has 44 points, two more than Barcelona.

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Sports in brief 01/10/16 [Last modified: Sunday, January 10, 2016 10:07pm]
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