Century club beckons for Federer after Stuttgart title

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Raonic, the seventh seed from Thornhill, Ont., is playing his first tournament since early May when he suffered an undisclosed injury that caused him to miss the French Open.

Roger Federer will once again return to pinnacle of ATP Rankings on Monday after moving into the final of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. "I've played good tennis this week".

However, Nadal's decision not to play before Wimbledon combined with Federer's victory in the Stuttgart Open final against Milos Raonic on Sunday saw the great rivals swap places and the Swiss once again on top of the world. I think I played very well throughout the tournament, actually, having not played for a while.

The Swiss star has a 10-3 in career head-to-head meetings against Raonic, although the Canadian has won two of their last three matches.

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A double-fault from the Canadian followed by a return victor from the Swiss set up 3 match points, with Federer needing only his first as Raonic netted a return.

Bidding for his 18th grass-court title, Federer was pushed all the way by the fourth-seeded Kyrgios, who had 23 aces.

"It's a really positive step forward for me", Raonic said.

Federer had already secured the world No. 1 ranking when the latest leaderboard is released on Monday by beating Nick Kyrgios on Saturday and he maintained his fine form against the big-serving former Wimbledon finalist to win 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

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The only break of serve came in the third game of the match with Federer clinching it with a backhand victor.

"The most important thing is going to be to focus on my game and if I can do my things well", Raonic told reporters after the match.

"I hope I can keep up". He will be making his first final appearance since falling to Marin Cilic last June at the Istanbul Open.

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