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Federer beats Raonic for Stuttgart title

18 June, 2018, 04:50 | Author: Carla Brady
  • ATP Stuttgart- Saturday Schedule Federer to face Kyrgios

Roger Federer defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-6 (5) to reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal and will face the seventh-seeded Raonic on Sunday at 4 a.m. ET.

The 36-year-old Swiss will resume his place at the top of the ATP rankings for the sixth time in his career on Monday, beginning a record 310th week at the summit of the men's game.

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

Canadian Milos Raonic was looking at the bigger picutre after a loss to Roger Federer Sunday morning in the Stutttgart Open final.

Federer, who beat Raonic en route to winning Wimbledon previous year, broke his opponent's powerful serve just once in the third game - but that was a major feat in itself as the Canadian had entered the final having won all 41 of his service games.

I will have a quiet week before Wimbledon with not many things going on, which is great.

"I'm really happy. I thought it was a good final from my side".




"I didn't give Guido many chances to get into my service games, except maybe the last couple", Federer said after only his second match since March 24.

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'm happy to be back and healthy", Raonic tweeted after the match.

The Canadian saved the lone break point he faced while breaking Pouille twice.

Neither player could muster any break points in a second set heavily dominated by the serve, meaning it had to be decided by a tie-break, which Federer won.

"The key for me is to be ready for that opening match".

Next up for Federer meanwhile, is the Halle Open next week, which he won previous year after defeating Alexander Zverev. "I'm just concentrating on the job to hand, trying to do it well".

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