Federer Knocks Out Kyrgios In Semis, Reclaims No.1 Ranking
The Swiss master said he was relieved by the win, knowing it would be a tough semi-final match against Aussie Nick Kyrgios.
What you need to know
- Roger Federer has defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-5) in the semi finals of the Stuttgart Open
- The Tennis King will reclaim the world No.1 spot when the new ATP rankings are released on Monday
- Kyrgios managed to fire 23 aces and take out the first set before Federer fought back to reclaim the match
- Federer will now face Milos Raonic in the final on Sunday
The Swiss master Roger Federer has proven once again he is the king of the court, after knocking out Aussie Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals of the Stuttgart Open.
The top and fourth-seeded players put on a show in Germany, with the Aussie firing no less than 23 aces at the Swiss pro and taking out the first set in 42 minutes.
But the 20-time grand slam champion fought hard to turn the match back in his favour, beating Kyrgios 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-5), with a thrilling tie-breaker deciding the match in just under two hours.
Federer said it was a close match against Kyrgios, adding that he was looking forward to being in another final.
"I'm very relieved because I knew it was a tough match against Nick," Federer said.
"We've played so many breakers and it could have gone either way."
Kyrgios also congratulated the 36-year-old on his return to the top spot, via social media.
Federer will overtake Rafael Nadal in the top spot when the new ATP rankings are released on Monday, after the Spaniard wowed crowds with his record 11th French Open win last week.
But on Sunday all eyes will be on the centre court in Germany as Federer looks to claim his 98th tour trophy in a showdown against Canada's Milos Raonic -- who is yet to drop a set in the tournament.
Federer holds a 10-3 winning record against 27-year-old Raonic, with their last meeting at the quarter final stage of last year's Wimbledon.
"I look up to Federer but I have to come out tomorrow and play my best," Raonic said.
Raonic took out his semis match against Frenchman Lucas Pouille in a straight-sets win, which included an enthralling 12-minute trade-off during the first set.
This will be the seventh-seeded Canadian's first final since the 2017 Istanbul Open.