After leapfrogging Rafael Nadal and grabbing the No. 1 ATP Tennis Ranking again, Roger Federer is so close to grab his 100th title after he won his 98 career ATP Title defeating Milos Raonic in the Stuttgart Cup Final. Federer once again proved that he is the undisputed king of the grass and grabs a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory.
The 20-time Grand slam champion defeated Milos Raonic for the 11th time in their 14 encounters. Also, this is Federer’s first ever Stuttgart title.
Next month will be hectic for Federer as he will be aiming for ninth Wimbledon title. After two failed attempts, Federer finally found success in Germany in his third attempt.
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He lost to Dominic Thiem in the Semi-finals of 2016 and in 2017 against his good friend Tommy Haas.
The top seed player in the world was happy after the win. He said, ““I’m just very happy how I played this week. I never felt bad on the court, to be honest.”
“That’s a very encouraging feeling. In the last couple of days I’ve not dropped serve.”
“I was there in the most important moments, breaking Milos was a good effort. It’s been a great week for me.” The 36-year-old will regain the world number one ranking on Monday and is playing next week as top seed in Halle as he continues his comeback after skipping the clay-court season.
“It’s a great comeback for me. I’m so happy to win this tournament in my third attempt. We’ll see if being number one again will probably give me a boost.”
Earlier on Saturday, Federer grabbed the no. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for the 6th time after defeating Nick Kyrgios in the Semi-finals.
This was Federer’s third title of 2018 after winning Australian Open and Roterdam Open earlier this year. He has proved that he is unmatched in the grass court and has now won 18 trophies in the grass which includes 8 Wimbledon trophies.
Federrer said, ““I think I played very well not having played for a while. Maybe I was a bit better on the big points.”
Federer defeated Roanic last year in his road to win Wimbledon. In the entire game, Federer only managed to break the power packed serve of the Canadian Roanic once, but his own serving was quite unbreachable and that’s what won him the first set.
The second set was a tie-breaker.
A double fault from the Canadian followed by the return winner from Federer set up three points and won the first tournament he played in 11 weeks after missing the French Open.
Federer will open his Halle campaign against Aljaz Bedene in the first round, next week.
Federer added, “The key for me is to be ready for that opening match. I’m defending a title there — like I am at Wimbledon. I need to get through the first round.”
“That’s the plan for now, for Wimbledon I still have time. I have a quiet pre-tournament week, not many things going on, which is fine.
“I just hope to stay injury-free and healthy.” World number 3 Alexander Zverev will be in Halle to put a stop to Federer’s campaign but he is not completely positive about his fitness since he lost in the Roland Garros quarter-finals to Dominic Thiem.
If Federer manages to defend his Halle grasscourt crown, he will be just one crown away to set a landmark of 100th career title in Wimbledon.