Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Federer wins Stuttgart Open on his return

Federer wins Stuttgart Open on his return

A chunk of fans expected a Kyrgios victory seeing that Federer looked rusty in his first two victories since his return to the sport in almost three months.

Pictured: Federer of Switzerland poses with tournament director Edwin Weindorfer and ball kids after defeating Nick Kyrgios of Australia and returning to the top position in the ATP global ranking during day 6 of the Mercedes Cup at Tennisclub Weissenhof in Stuttgart, Germany, on June 16, 2018. Looking ahead to the final, Federer has a 10-3 record over Raonic who hammered 19 aces past Pouille.

Federer broke the Raonic serve early in the first set and sealed it 6-4.

The 27-year-old Canadian ticked off quick points on his serve to stay level with Federer in the second set as the pair were forced into a tie-breaker.

Federer now goes through to Sunday's final where he will aim for a 98th career title against Canada's Milos Raonic, who won his last title at the 2016 Brisbane International.

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).

"I think it is going to give me a boost being back at world No 1". So I'll be travelling there tomorrow and then get ready for my match. With the world No. 24 serving at 5-6, Federer sliced a low backhand return to set up what proved to be the final blow-a clinching backhand passing shot.

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He played the doubles in Lyon, on clay, the week before the French Open and won it with his friend Jack Sock.

The 20-times grand slam victor now has 98 career titles to his name after his latest victory on the grass in Germany. Federer had previously survived 7-6 (9), 6-7 (9), 7-6 (5) at last year's Miami Masters, while Kyrgios scored a 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (12) upset at the Madrid Masters in 2015.

"We'll see how I play next week".

(Federer will still be the No. 1 seed, because of the grass-court seeding formula used for the men).

"I hope I keep it up at Halle and Wimbledon".

"I was hoping to play a couple matches here but I have played four and won them all".

"I tried to make it hard and I don't want any day to be easy for anybody", Raonic said.

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