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Federer wins in Stuttgart, 98th career title

Federer wins in Stuttgart, 98th career title

Kyrgios netted a return to concede a double break at 5-2 before Federer completed half his task by taking the match into a third and decisive set.

"That's a very encouraging feeling". "I've taken care of my serve". The dramatic yet comedic match had a lot of light moments, along with pristine shot making and oscillating levels of play. "It's been a great week for me".

Roger Federer has never won a title at Stuttgart.

The 36-year-old will regain the World No.1 ranking and is playing next week as top seed in Halle as he continues his comeback after skipping the clay-court season.

Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with the trophy and his new Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4MATIC Coupe after the singles final against Milos Raonic of Canada at ATP Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany on June 17, 2018. I was there especially against Kyrgios and Raonic so I'm very pleased you know. "I'm happy to be back and healthy", Raonic tweeted after the match. It's great for the fans that it's been going back and forth (between himself and Nadal).

Federer will be looking for his 18th career grass-court title. "I hadn't played in three months, it's on grass, it's fast and hard to get so far here".

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The fans were absolutely wonderful - they came up in big numbers and really supported me all week and at the end.

Milos Raonic is yet to drop a set this tournament and he's reached the finals.

The Swiss broke twice in the first set to take it after 32 minutes when his opponent returned long over the baseline. "We've played so many breakers already I've stopped counting", Federer said during his on-court interview.

Kyrgios forced a mini-break in the deciding tiebreak, but Federer remained steady and sent a short backhand past the Australian on his first match point to clinch the win.

But after giving a walkover to Marin Cilic in the third round in Monte Carlo, and losing to young countryman Denis Shapovalov in the same round in Madrid, the 27-year-old crossed off the clay-court season and began to prepare for the grass.

Next up for Federer meanwhile, is the Halle Open next week, which he won a year ago after defeating Alexander Zverev.


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