Roger Federer claims 98th career title with victory in Stuttgart

Raonic upsets Berdych to advance to semis at Mercedes Cup

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates winning the final against Canada's Milos Raonic at Tennis Club Weissenhof in Stuttgart, Germany.

Roger Federer will be back as world number one in the new rankings next week after coming from behind to beat Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (2) 6-2 7-6 (5) in the semi-finals of the ATP Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.

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

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.

Over their three career matches, eight of their nine sets have now gone to tiebreak and there was little to separate them in Stuttgart where Federer conceded first, forced his way back into the match and then was taken all the way in the third.

"To play the two tiebreakers very disciplined and very well was the key today", Raonic said. "We had so many tie-breaks already I have lost count".

With his own delivery proving unbreachable - he dropped serve only twice all week - it was enough for Federer to claim the first set.

"I tried to make it hard and I don't want any day to be easy for anybody", said Raonic.

"In the match that you play for world No. 1, it's clearly going to be in the back of your head", he said.

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

He broke at 1-1 in the opening set and held his nerve in the second, where Raonic double-faulted.

That gap proved to be the winning margin as another ruthless serve and volley concluded the contest in one hour and 33 minutes.

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 previous year, 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (9-11), 7-6 (7-5).

Federer, in his first tournament since March, was trailing Nadal by 100 points at the start of the week and is guaranteed of taking the top spot on Monday regardless of how Sunday's final goes.

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