Stuttgart Open: Roger Federer marks No.1 ranking with 98th title

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Awaiting Federer in the final is Canada's Milos Raonic, who beat defending champion Lucas Pouille 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) earlier in the day.

Pouille fended off the Canadian's effort as much as possible during the match, including saving two break point opportunities from Raonic.

Federer, who beat Raonic en route to winning Wimbledon a year ago, broke his opponent's powerful serve just once in the third game - but that was a major feat in itself as the Canadian had entered the final having won all 41 of his service games.

The second set stayed on serve into the tiebreaker. "It was close and it could have gone either way naturally but I am happy that I have got it and got back to world No. 1 next Monday". After winning Down Under, he lost the final at Indian Wells to Juan Martin del Potro in a tightly-contested match, and then went out in the first round to 21-year-old Thanasi Kokkinakis in Miami.

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

Federer, who will be chasing a 9th Wimbledon triumph next month, finally came good on the German grass on his 3rd attempt after losing a semi-final in 2016 to Dominic Thiem and falling in the first round here a year ago to good friend Tommy Haas.




The 20-times grand slam victor now has 98 career titles to his name after his latest victory on the grass in Germany.

Federer, 36, will now overtake Spain's Rafael Nadal when the new ATP rankings are released on Monday.

"I haven't faced many break points so far this week", Raonic said. But no problem, I signed up for it and I can't I can't wait to play again actually. "It's nice for him, and I hope we can play another great match and I'm really excited to be in the final here".

Roger Federer has never won a title at Stuttgart.

"I have no idea what is going to happen but I hope I can continue to play good tennis".

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.

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