Lleyton Hewitt upset Roger Federer 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Brisbane International 2014 title.
Federer was broken three times and committed 22 unforced errors in the first set, making some uncharacteristically basic mistakes including an air swing and two shanked forehands.
He recovered in the second set and had breakpoint chances in Hewitt's first three service games in the deciding set, but couldn't get the vital breakthrough when he needed it most.
"The way you tough it out ... congratulations," Federer said. "I would have loved to have won the title, but Lleyton was better than me today."
"It's been a while since I won a trophy. For me to get it from you really means a lot," Hewitt said. "I don't need to congratulate Roger, he gets congratulated every week when he's up here for finals!"
Hewitt's ranking was projected to reach the low 40s with a win. He finished last season at No. 61 in another disrupted season after toe, foot, hand, hip and back injuries kept him off the tour for long periods between 2007 and the start of 2013.