Federer books Stuttgart final berth and reclaims No. 1

Federer books Stuttgart final berth and reclaims No. 1

The 36-year-old will regain the world number one ranking on Monday and is playing next week as top seed in Halle as he continues his comeback after skipping the clay-court season.

Federer was pushed all the way by the fourth-seeded Kyrgios on Saturday, who fired down 23 aces in another battling performance at the German grasscourt tournament.

Kyrgios grabbed a fast 2-0 lead after unleashing a flying forehand pass on the stretch but Federer rallied back to move 5-4 ahead before a flicked effort at the net confirmed his place in the final 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-5).

The seventh-seeded Canadian has not won a title since the 2016 Brisbane International. "I'm playing better with each match, I'm there at the important moments in the games, that's an important thing".

"I'm very happy, very relieved".

From that point, Kyrgios ran away with the first set after 42 minutes, meaning the 20-time grand slam champion had a tall order to turn the match in his favour.

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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.

"To play the two tiebreakers very disciplined and very well was the key today", Raonic said. They went my way, so I'm very happy.' Asked if he will return to Stuttgart in 2019, Federer said: 'I haven't made a decision yet.

Federer's 78-minute win, sealing his first Stuttgart triumph, was the ideal tonic for the Swiss in the build-up to defending his Wimbledon crown, having extended his unbeaten 12-month sequence in grass court matches to 16.

"I thought it was the tough match that I expected against Nick".

Roger Federer became the world No. 1 for the sixth time in his career. "I'm just concentrating on the job to hand, trying to do it well. And I've got another final, so it's great news". "I have nothing to complain about, everything is going positive", he said.

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