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Federer wins Mercedes Cup following return to world no. 1

Roger Federer

After ensuring his return to world number one spot by reaching the final, Roger Federer went on to win the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart by defeating Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 (7-3) on Sunday.

The competition was his first for two and a half months, as the Swiss had not played since the Miami Open after choosing to miss the clay-court season.

The win in Germany gives 36-year-old Federer his 98th Tour title.

“I played very well throughout the tournament, it is a great comeback for me. I am so happy to have won,” said Federer.

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“I was hoping to play a couple matches here but I have played four and won them all. The last few have been very good.

“I hope I keep it up at Halle and Wimbledon. It will give me a boost as well being back at world number one.”

Federer will be aiming for a record 10th title when he competes at Halle next week, and a 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon which begins on 2 July.

Federer will return to world number one in the latest ATP rankings on Monday.

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