Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Raonic powers past Pouille into Stuttgart final

Raonic powers past Pouille into Stuttgart final

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.

Federer now goes through to Sunday's final where he will aim for a 98th career title against Canada's Milos Raonic, who won his last title at the 2016 Brisbane International.

He will face Milos Raonic in the final after the Canadian defeated defending champion Lucas Pouille 6-4 7-6 (7-3) in the last four.

Federer dropped the opening set in a tiebreaker but roared back in the second with a pair of breaks to level at a set each.

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

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The 35th-ranked Raonic beat the second-seeded Pouille for the third time without a loss in the series and said he is not allowing any thoughts of Queen's club next week or Wimbledon enter his mind. "If I can play well, I'll be having my chances on the grass".

The Canadian saved the lone break point he faced while breaking Pouille twice.

"It is very exciting and I have got another final so it is great news", Federer said.

Kyrgios was also returning to action on the grass in Germany, following an elbow injury, yet he could not capitalise on winning the first set, going down 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-5) in Saturday's tense semi-final.

I am thankful to my team, I feel really good about it, especially getting there in a tie-breaker over third set adds extra drama to it.' Analyzing the match, he added: 'I'm very happy, very relieved.

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