Roger Federer wins Mercedes Cup with victory over Milos Raonic

Sherman Parsons
June 17, 2018

The Swiss got his hands on the Mercedes Cup with a straight sets win over the Canadian - who hadn't been broken throughout the week before meeting the top seed.

From that point, Kyrgios ran away with the first set after 42 minutes, meaning the 20-time grand slam champion had a tall order to turn the match in his favour.

It is Federer's first tournament in 11 weeks, with the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion having made a decision to give the claycourt season a miss.

Federer and Kyrgios have a history of tight battles, with both of their previous ATP matches going the distance, and every set going to a tie-break.

The heavy crowd favourite at the Weissenhof Club earned a match point with a high overhead backhand victor and finished off the popular victory seconds later to the roar of fans after just under two hours.

Raonic earlier hit 19 aces and saved the only break point he faced as he defeated defending champion Lucas Pouille 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the other semifinal.

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"I am always looking ahead and very motivated for any tournament that is coming".

Roger Federer followed up his return to the top of the ATP rankings with his third title of 2018 as he downed Milos Raonic in Stuttgart. In the last couple of days I've not dropped serve. "It was close and it could have gone either way naturally but I am happy that I have got it and got back to world No. 1 next Monday".

Raonic grabbed the opening break of the game with a running forehand down the line before a quick serve and volley tactic sealed the first set advantage.

It was Raonic who memorably left Federer on the Centre Court floor on his way to the 2016 Wimbledon final, but the 36-year-old was in no mood to allow a repeat.

Raonic gained the upperhand when he was able to steal a point to gain a 3-1 lead in that tiebreak.

Kyrgios won their first clash in Madrid back in 2015, 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (12-10) but Federer hit back to take the victory in Miami past year, 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (9-11), 7-6 (7-5).

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