Roger Federer beats Milos Raonic for Stuttgart title, his 18th on grass

Roger Federer Nick Kyrgios

I never felt bad on the court, which is a very encouraging feeling to have.

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). In the last couple of days I've not dropped serve.

"It's a great comeback for me", Federer said after completing his 78-minute win.

"I was there in the most important moments, breaking Milos (in the first set) was a good effort".

I will have a quiet week before Wimbledon with not many things going on, which is great.

Though Rafael Nadal - who he will replace at the top of the rankings on Monday - withdrew from Queen's, Federer would still lose the No. 1 spot if he fails to defend his title in Halle.

"I'm so happy to win this tournament in my third attempt".

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion had already secured his return to number one in the world rankings with victory over Nick Kyrgios in the semi-final.

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. I am very happy about the way I played this week.

The Swiss got his hands on the Mercedes Cup with a straight sets win over the Canadian - who hadn't been broken throughout the week before meeting the top seed. "Maybe I had a bit of an advantage because I get free points with my serve, but he was also serving extremely well".

It is Federer's first tournament in 11 weeks, with the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion having chose to give the claycourt season a miss.

"He slipped up a few points early I played a few points well". We will see. Then I will fly to Halle tomorrow (Monday), probably playing my first match on Tuesday.

The 35th-ranked Raonic, a victim of various injuries over recent seasons, was playing a final for the first time in his last 16 tournaments dating to Istanbul past year.

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