Milos Raonic was delighted to put last year's injury troubles behind him with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Roger Federer to win the Brisbane International.
Twelve months on from losing to Federer in the final of the same competition, Raonic avenged that defeat with an impressive display against the world number three.
The Canadian climbed to a career-high ranking of fourth in 2015, only to then see his progress hampered by foot and back injuries.
After claiming his eighth ATP World Tour title on Sunday, Raonic expressed satisfaction at laying down a marker ahead of this month's Australian Open.
"It feels great considering how the past nine months have been. It adds a sort of cherry on top to all that," said the 25-year-old, who recently added former world number one Carlos Moya to his coaching team.
"For myself it signifies within the team how concrete and good the work we're doing is.
"At the same time, with the difficulties I've had last year, it's maybe a good way for me to show the other guys I will face in Melbourne that I've got my stuff back together and I can play some good tennis again."
Raonic overcame a brief wobble in the second set, which saw him serve three double faults in one game after taking a medical timeout to address a minor adductor problem.
"Just after the timeout it was a little bit hard to push off until I got my legs going, and I think that's why [the serves] were sort of floating long on me and the last one came short on me," he said.
"Against him [Federer] it's always about who can dictate. I felt that other than maybe one service game where I double faulted three times, I was staying quite a bit ahead on my serve and always close on his, except for one that I lost at love.
"I felt like most of the other ones I was getting to 30. I was giving myself opportunities and then was able to capitalise twice."