The Switzerland Tennis superstar Roger Federer marked a re-entry as the best in world tennis rankings by defeating Milos Raonic in the final of the Stuttgart Open on Sunday and grabbing the 98th tour-level title of his fascinating career.
Earlier, the ace Tennis player had already booked his name at the No. 1 spot replacing Rafael Nadal in world rankings by reaching the final of the tournament. However, still he continued to dominate over the Canadian in the final registering a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over him. Federer took 78 minutes to seal the deal in the final and grabbing his first Stuttgart Open title and nobody was more excited than him as he grabbed his 16th continuous grass court title in the past 12 months.
“It’s a great comeback for me,” said Federer, after winning the tournament post an 11-week break, having sidestepped the entire claycourt season. “I’m really happy. I thought it was a good final from my side. I think I played very well throughout the tournament, actually, having not played for a while. Maybe I was a little bit better on the bigger points. Of course I’m so happy to have won here, finally, in Stuttgart”, he added.
Federer broke Raonic’s powerful service just once in the third game – but that was a major feat in itself as the Canadian had entered the final after winning all 41 of his service games. With his own delivery proving unbreachable – he dropped serve only twice all week which was enough for Federer to claim the first set. The second set resulted in a decisive tiebreak, after which a double fault from Raonic at 3-4 opened the gate for Federer to claim the 18th grasscourt trophy of his career.
On Monday, after the new ranking will be declared, Federer will begin a record-extending 310th week at the top of the rankings and a third spell of this year itself as No.1 prior to attempting to defend his Halle grasscourt crown. Now, he will have to battle once again at his favourite pre-Wimbledon conquest in Germany this week if he wants to prevent his arch-rival Nadal from returning to No. 1 spot in the rankings. If he is successful in doing so, then he will aim a landmark 100th career title at Wimbledon, which will also provide him an opportunity to extend his record of men’s singles crowns to nine.