Federer to Replace Nadal as no 1 after Reaching Mercedes Cup Final

Roger Federer will return to world number one after reaching the Mercedes Cup final in Stuttgart, Germany.

Federer, 36, recovered from losing the opening set to beat Australia’s Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-5).

Following the result, the Swiss great will now overtake Spanish rival Rafael Nadal when the new rankings are released on Monday.

Federer will take on hard-hitting Milos Raonic in Sunday’s final after the Canadian beat defending champion Lucas Pouille 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to seal a spot in the final.

Victory for the Swiss maestro in Sunday’s final will give him a 98th career title as he bids to get in shape for Wimbledon where he’ll be vying for a record ninth crown.

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