Roger Federer 'Relieved' After Regaining No. 1 Ranking From Rafael Nadal

Lynette Rowe
June 17, 2018

Raonic's serve proved the decisive factor yet again as he released 19 aces during his match with defending champion Lucas Pouille earlier on Saturday and he is yet to drop a set in Germany.

A three-and-a-half-month break has worked wonders for Roger Federer, who returned to the court in the Stuttgart Open 250 and who has regained the spot of world number one with his semi-final victory over Nick Kyrgios.

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).

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates winning the final against Canada's Milos Raonic at Tennis Club Weissenhof in Stuttgart, Germany.

Federer and Kyrgios have a history of tight battles, with both of their previous ATP matches going the distance, and every set going to a tie-break.

The Canadian seventh seed feels his game is starting to fire again.

Pouille defeated Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, and Raonic upset the third-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-6 (2), 7-6 (1). I thought it was a tough match (like) I expected against Nick.

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"It's a really positive step forward for me", he said.

"It's a great comeback for me", said Federer, who was playing his first tournament after an 11-week break, having sidestepped the entire claycourt season.

Federer also sat out the clay-court season in 2017 but past year lost on his return in Stuttgart before going on to win the Gerry Weber Open in Halle and claim an eighth Wimbledon title.

It will be Raonic's first final since the 2017 Istanbul Open.

"I haven't faced many break points so far this week", Raonic said.

His last grass final came at 2016 Wimbledon in a loss to Andy Murray.

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