Federer beats Kyrgios to regain number one spot

Roger Federer reasserted his superiority on grass as he beat Milos Raionic in the Stuttgart final

Canada's Milos Raonic reacts after winning the semi-final match against France's Lucas Pouille (unseen) at the ATP Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on June 16, 2018. But Federer answered with four points in a row to set up a meeting with Nick Kyrgios.

On Monday, Federer will begin a record-extending 310th week at the top of the rankings and a third spell this year alone as No. 1 before seeking to defend his Halle grasscourt crown.

The 36-year-old, who by reaching the final had already guaranteed his return to world No. 1, supplanting Rafael Nadal when the new rankings are released on Monday, continued his domination over the Canadian with a 6-4 7-6 (3) victory.

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He has not won a title since the 2016 Brisbane International.

The Swiss, who owns 20 Grand Slam singles titles, needed to fight all the way against Australian threat Kyrgios, playing his first event in two months due to injury.

Raonic, on the other hand, had 19 aces and saved the only break point he faced. The Canadian seventh seed feels his game is starting to fire again. I have a quiet pre-tournament week, not many things going on, which is fine.

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

Raonic said he is not allowing any thoughts of Queen's club next week or Wimbledon enter his mind.

"It's great to be back, healthy and in the final in Stuttgart", Raonic said on Twitter. "I hadn't played in three months, it's on grass, it's fast and hard to get so far here".

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Federer improved to 21-2 on the season after playing in the 24th grass final of his career. Since the beginning of the 2017 season, Raonic has appeared in two finals: May 2017 at the Instanbul Open and the DelRay Beach Open, where he retired, but he had yet to make an appearance in a tournament final this year. "I'm making positive progress, I'm happy with it and hope to keep it up tomorrow".

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