Roger Federer Tennis star celebrated his achievement of returning to the top of the world rankings by a win over Milos Raonic in the final of the Stuttgart open and lifting the 98th title of his career.
The 36-year-old who by reaching the final had already guaranteed his return to world No 1, supplanting Rafael Nadal continued his domination over the Canadian with a 6-4 7-6 victory.
Federer’s 78-minute win sealing his first Stuttgart triumph was the perfect tonic in the build-up to defending his Wimbledon crown having extended his unbeaten 12-month sequence in grass matches to 16.
Federer said it is a great comeback for me.who has to play his first tournament after an 11-week break having sidestepped the entire clay court season. I am really happy. I thought it was a good final from my side.
I played very well throughout the tournament actually having not played for a while. Maybe I was a little bit better on the bigger point. I am so happy to have won here finally in Stuttgart.
Federer who beat Raonic en route to winning Wimbledon last year 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.
With his own delivery proving unreachable he dropped serve only twice all week it was enough for Federer to claim the first set. In a decisive tiebreak after no breaks in the second set, a double fault from Raonic at 3-4 paved the way for Federer to claim the 18th grass court trophy of his career.
Federer will begin a record-extending 310th week and a third spell this year alone as No 1 before seeking to defend his Halle grasscourt crown. He will need to triumph once again at his favorite pre-Wimbledon haunt in Germany this week if he is to prevent Nadal from returning to No 1 in their continuing see-saw battle.