Roger Federer
Federer warmed up for the Australian Open with his 1,000th career win.Getty Images

Roger Federer's status as the finest tennis player of his generation was further cemented after the 17-time grand slam champion recorded a momentous 1,000th career win to claim the Brisbane International title with a three-set victory over Milos Raonic.

Federer becomes the third player to reach four figures after Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl, and was presented with a special award by Rod Laver and Roy Emerson after prevailing 6-4, 6-7(7-2), 6-4 in the first tour final of the season.

The 33-year-old's 83rd career title came as Raonic squared the match at one-set all by winning the second set tiebreak, before Federer saved five break points prior to winning the all-important 10th game to win the title.

"It's a special moment, no doubt about it," said an emotional Federer. "I've played a lot of tennis over the years, so to get to 1,000 wins tonight really means a lot to me. I'll never forget this match.

"Looking back, it's almost nicer winning this way through a tight match with nerves and humid conditions against a great player in a final.

"It means so much more than just running away with it with the score maybe 6-4, 6-4, which was looking very likely at one stage. I guess I was much more happy having to go three sets in the end rather than winning in straight."