Federer celebrates No.1 crowning with 98th title at Stuttgart Open


Federer returned to action this week in the Mercedes Cup and is in the final of the event after a 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 win over Kyrgios in the semifinals. "I never felt bad on the court, to be honest".

"I am very happy and very relieved", Federer said, as per the Express.

"I tried to make it hard and I don't want any day to be easy for anybody", said Raonic. "I was happy that I also got more rhythm today".

"I was there in the most important moments, breaking Milos (in the first set) was a good effort".

"That is a great thing for me".

He will begin a record-extending 310th week at the top on Monday, his third stint at No.1 this year as he and his old Spanish rival Nadal vie for supremacy.

Federer now replaces Rafael Nadal as the world's number one with a 50 point advantage, with the fifth highest score of the season.

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion did not earn a single break point during the final set, but when it came time for another tie-break to decide the contest, he was able to win the points that mattered, narrowly edging it 7-5 to book his place in Sunday's final.

Federer also sat out the clay-court season in 2017 but previous year lost on his return in Stuttgart before going on to win the Gerry Weber Open in Halle and claim an eighth Wimbledon title.

"Maybe I was a little bit better on the bigger points". I think I played very well throughout the tournament, actually, having not played for a while.

In the second set though, Raonic and Pouille remained strong on serve, all the way into a second-set tiebreak (Raonic has yet to have his serve broken in this tournament).

A double fault from the Canadian followed by a return victor from the Swiss set up three match points, with Federer needing only his first as Raonic netted a return.

Raonic, the seventh seed from Thornhill, Ont., is playing his first tournament since early May when he suffered an undisclosed injury that caused him to miss the French Open. It's all incredibly positive, I just hope to keep it going.

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