Roger Federer wins 98th ATP title in Stuttgart ahead of return to No. 1

Roger Federer claimed his 98th ATP title on 17 June 2018 and re-established his unrivaled superiority on the grass with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Milos Raonic in the Stuttgart Cup final. Top-seeded Swiss beat his Canadian opponent for the 11th time in 14 meetings while winning a first Stuttgart title. Federer, who will be chasing a ninth Wimbledon triumph next month, finally came good on the German grass on his third 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.

Federer made a return to the top ATP ranking for a sixth time through his semi-final victory on Saturday over Australian Nick Kyrgios. He takes the honor back form Rafael Nadal for the second time this season and continues the duel on the court between the two modern icons.

The Swiss broke twice in the first set to earn it after 32 minutes when his opponent returned long over the baseline. The second set stayed on serve into the tiebreaker. A double-fault from the Canadian followed by a return winner from the Swiss set up three match points, with Federer needing only his first as Raonic netted a return.

Federer improved to 21-2 on the season after playing in the 24th grass final of his career. 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 last year.

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