Federer enters final, regains world number 1 ranking

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

Federer made history earlier this year in the Rotterdam Open in February when he became the oldest No.1 in tennis history en route to winning the tournament.

"I am very happy and very relieved", Federer said.

Federer now replaces Rafael Nadal as the world's number one with a 50 point advantage, with the fifth highest score of the season.

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

He played the doubles in Lyon, on clay, the week before the French Open and won it with his friend Jack Sock.

"I think it is going to give me a boost being back at world No 1".

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Pictured: Federer of Switzerland poses with tournament director Edwin Weindorfer and ball kids after defeating Nick Kyrgios of Australia and returning to the top position in the ATP global ranking during day 6 of the Mercedes Cup at Tennisclub Weissenhof in Stuttgart, Germany, on June 16, 2018.

Federer, who will be chasing a ninth Wimbledon triumph next month, finally came good on the German grass on his third attempt after losing a semi-final in 2016 to Dominic Thiem and falling in the first round here a year ago to good friend Tommy Haas. The dramatic yet comedic match had a lot of light moments, along with pristine shot making and oscillating levels of play. In his previous match, he had lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the Indian Wells final - in a third-set tiebreak.

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.

"I haven't faced many break points so far this week", Raonic said. "It's been hard the last few years but everything went in my favour, I won four matches and played really well today". However, Federer continued faultless and edged Raonic 7-3 in the tie-break.

Raonic, meanwhile, earned his fourth straight-sets victory of the week by dispatching Pouille to reach his first final since the 2017 Istanbul Open.

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