Roger Federer celebrated returning to the highest of the world rankings by defeating Milos Raonic in the ultimate of the Stuttgart Open on Sunday and lifting the 98th tour-level title of his garlanded profession.
The 36-year-old, who by reaching the ultimate had already assured his return to world No. 1, supplanting Rafael Nadal when the brand new rankings are launched on Monday, continued his domination over the Canadian with a 6-Four 7-6(three) victory.
Federer´s 78-minute win, sealing his first Stuttgart triumph, was the right tonic for the Swiss in the build-up to defending his Wimbledon crown, having prolonged his unbeaten 12-month sequence in grass court docket matches to 16. Federer, who beat Raonic en path to successful Wimbledon final yr, broke the Canadian´s highly effective serve simply as soon as in the third recreation however with his personal supply proving unbreachable, it was sufficient for him to win the primary set.
In a decisive tiebreak after no breaks in the second set, a double fault from Raonic paved the best way for Federer, taking part in his first event in 11 weeks after giving the claycourt marketing campaign a miss, to assert victory.
On Monday, Federer will start a record-extending 310th week on the prime of the rankings earlier than looking for to defend his Halle grasscourt crown.
If he manages to take action, he’ll then search a landmark 100th profession title at Wimbledon.