Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic to lift maiden Stuttgart Open title

Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic to lift maiden Stuttgart Open title

Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic to lift maiden Stuttgart Open title

The 35th-ranked Raonic beat the second-seeded Pouille for the third time without a loss in the series and said he is not allowing any thoughts of Queen's club next week or Wimbledon enter his mind.

The Swiss star has a 10-3 in career head-to-head meetings against Raonic, although the Canadian has won two of their last three matches.

Roger Federer celebrated returning to the top of the world rankings by defeating Milos Raonic in the final of the Stuttgart Open on Sunday and lifting the 98th tour-level title of his garlanded career.

Nick Kyrgios put up a stirring fight
Nick Kyrgios put up a stirring fight

"I look up to Federer but I have to come out tomorrow and play my best", Raonic said.

Victory in Germany cements Federer as the World Number One ahead of the defence of his Wimbledon title on the grass of SW19.

"The most important thing is going to be to focus on my game and if I can do my things well", Raonic told reporters after the match.

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Federer, who has won 15 successive matches on grass since being beaten in his opening match in Stuttgart last June, knew he had to win on Saturday to knock Rafael Nadal off the top of the rankings. In a decisive tiebreak after no breaks in the second set, a double fault from Raonic paved the way for Federer, playing his first tournament in 11 weeks after giving the claycourt campaign a miss, to claim victory.

"But I [will] stop when I feel that my tournament life is no longer good for the family".

Kyrgios won their first clash in Madrid back in 2015, 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (12-10) but Federer hit back to take the victory in Miami a year ago, 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (9-11), 7-6 (7-5).

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The 27-year-old now holds the No. 35 position in the world rankings.

He said: "It's not like one of my four-year-old sons comes to me and says "Dad, that's enough".

"All of that has paid off in tiebreakers".

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