Federer into Stuttgart final, regains No 1 ranking

Federer books Stuttgart final berth and reclaims No. 1

Federer wins 98th ATP title in Stuttgart ahead of return to No 1

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).

Federer, who beat Raonic en route to winning Wimbledon previous year, broke the Canadian's powerful serve just once in the third game but with his own delivery proving unbreachable, it was enough for him to win the first set.

Federer can reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal with a win on Saturday.

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"It's nice that it happened but I've other problems", said Federer, playing his first tournament since March. "If I can play well, I'll be having my chances on the grass". "Of course I'm so happy to have won here, finally, in Stuttgart".

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.

At the end, I played some of my best tennis.it's a great feeling.

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In a mirror image of the first set, the two players were locked on serve until they were separated by an ultimate tie-breaker. "There is a big difference between playing a semi and a final".

After first serve percentage languished at 48% in the second set, the Australian was able to lift it to near the 80% mark for the decider, just as he'd done during the first set, to once again present Federer with a much stiffer challenge.

Next up for Federer meanwhile, is the Halle Open next week, which he won a year ago after defeating Alexander Zverev. I thought it was a tough match (like) I expected against Nick.

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Federer's 78-minute win, sealing his first Stuttgart triumph, was the flawless tonic for the Swiss in the build-up to defending his Wimbledon crown, having extended his unbeaten 12-month sequence in grasscourt matches to 16. I have a quiet pre-tournament week, not many things going on, which is fine.

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