New world number one Roger Federer beats Milos Raonic in Stuttgart final

Roger Federer marked his return to the top of the world rankings by beating Milos Raonic in the final of the Mercedes Cup.

The 36-year-old reclaimed top spot in the rankings from Rafael Nadalwhen he won his Stuttgart semi-final, but he completed the job with a 6-4 7-6 win.

The title is Federer’s third title of the year, his 18th on grass, and 98th overall.

Reflecting on the week, Federer said: “I played great in the big moments.

“At the end, I played some of my best tennis. It’s a great feeling.

“I am very happy about the way I played this week.

“I never felt bad on the court, which is a very encouraging feeling to have.
“Not dropping my serve, being there in the important moments.

“It’s been difficult the last [couple] years [in Stuttgart], lost a [couple] tight matches. But not this year. They went my way, so I’m very happy.”