Federer Edges Kyrgios In Stuttgart Thriller, Will Face Raonic In Final; Gasquet-Chardy For Den Bosch Title
by Staff | June 16th, 2018, 11:41 pm
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Their third meeting proved much like their first two, a thriller right down to the very last point. Roger Federer had to overcome a mini-break down in the final set tiebreaker to deny Nick Kyrgios 6-7(2), 6-2, 7-6(5) to reach the Stuttgart finals.

In three matches, the two have played a final breaker in each. And the win sent Federer back to No. 1 in the rankings.

“I’m very happy, very relieved. I thought it was a tough match [like] I expected against Nick. We’ve played so many breakers already, I’m losing count,” Federer said. “It was close. It could have gone either way, naturally. But I’m happy I got it and get back to World No. 1 next Monday, so it’s very exciting. And I’ve got another final, so it’s great news.”

In the final, Federer will meet Milos Raonic who he leads 10-3 including a win last year in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

“It would mean a lot to me to win Stuttgart, no doubt about it,” Federer said. “I’m really excited to play Milos. He’s in great shape again. It’s nice for him, and I hope we can play another great match and I’m really excited to be in the final here.”

Raonic, who’s been off the tour of late due to a right knee injury, eased past defending champion Lucas Pouile 6-4, 7-6(3).

“It’s a really positive step forward for me. I’ve played good tennis this week,” the 27-year-old Raonic said. “I’m very happy with myself and I hope I can continue to improve my level tomorrow.”

Thus far, Raonic is yet to drop serve all event holding 42 straight times.

“Of course, it will not be easy,” Federer said. “I will have to concentrate on my service and hope that I will get an opening when he serves.”

In Den Bosch, France will have another ATP title on the year as Richard Gasquet will meet Jeremy Chardy in the Sunday final.

Gasquet ousted a pesky Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-2. Chardy was a winner over Matthew Ebden 6-4, 7-5.


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46 Comments for Federer Edges Kyrgios In Stuttgart Thriller, Will Face Raonic In Final; Gasquet-Chardy For Den Bosch Title

Humble Rafa Says:

Mr. Canadia will come with extra hair gel and win this snooze serving contest.


FedExpress Says:

Fed early break up with some GOAT returns. Nearly gifted the break back when he had to save 2 Bps.

since then serving contest.


FedExpress Says:

First set Fed


FedExpress Says:

Good grass court tennis by both.


Willow Says:

congrats to Federer on regaining the number 1 ranking looking likely he will win another title too ….


FedExpress Says:

15-30 on Raonics serve


FedExpress Says:

0-30

Fed in big trouble


FedExpress Says:

Tie break time


Daniel Says:

Woke up right in danger time.


FedExpress Says:

Mini break for Fed to start with.


FedExpress Says:

Mini break back


FedExpress Says:

5-3 Federer


FedExpress Says:

3 Championship Points


FedExpress Says:

Title #98

yesssssssssssss


Daniel Says:

First pruning of grass season is complete, 2 more to go. 80 days off and he start great in awesome form with serve and DH working wonders.

98 title and 18th on grass to crown his #1 return, nowhere to defend it in Halle and make it 10 there.


Willow Says:

Well done Federer and fans the sensible ones that is, NID, wish the silly trash talking from the Fedal fan bases would stop, both are fantastic players, and theres room for both ….


Willow Says:

BTW Happy Fathers day to all the TX dads on the forum , hope you all enjoy your day ;-)


Daniel Says:

Every year since 2003 that Federer reached Halle final he also reaches Wimbledon final, bar 07′ and 09′ he didn’t pay, as it was a week after RG and he played finals in both (2007 was long and 2009 an emotional win).


Betterer Says:

@Humble Rafa: Hope you woke up from your nap induced by this so called snooze fest to realize that your prediction went for a toss.

With the clay season over, you would perhaps do well to go into slumber rather than intimidating fellow posters on multiple threads with your rude comments.


skeezer Says:

Congrats Fed, well done on your return to #1! Good start, good form against quality opponets. Keep it going! 👍


Okiegal Says:

Congrats to Roger and all of his adoring fans on another title and regaining the number spot in the rankings once again! A great competitor at 36 ……..and still going strong………..amazing!


Margot Says:

Congrats to Federer
Don’t suppose FedExpress will complain about Raonic choking, but he did.
Thought match was a tedious serve fest TBH. Now watching Evans v the extremely talented Alex De Minaur. What a contrast, a delightful match with lots of lovely shot making oh…and rallies!


Humble Rafa Says:

Just came back from fishing. Did anything happen today?


skeezer Says:

^you’re #2


Madmax Says:

Yes Humble Rafa, you gave us all a well-earned break from your less than hilarious posts. I hear there is more fish to catch – so be our guest.

I think it was a solid match with some great shot making. The thing with Milos is his movement. Yes, it is better but Federer really showed how nimble he was, plus, he was not afraid to attack. He needed to especially since Milos’ strongest shot is his serve. Dynamic and very dangerous.

Well done to Fed. Title 98. Incredible.


Madmax Says:

Well done to Gasquet for just clinching the tie breaker.


Tennis fan Says:

Congrats Roger. Title no.98 ! mind blowing


gonzalowski Says:

could be the 100. title at Wimby… hope not!


Tennis lover Says:

Our incredible Fed can go 100 with both Halle and Wimbledon. But, he needs to improve his groundies as well as his backhand and forehand. His serving and return game is in right groove. Vamos Roger.


Tennis lover Says:

If Fed does win Halle, he will hopefully find his rhythm, consistency, brilliance and full form which might carry him all the way to win Wimbledon.


jalep Says:

lol, gonzolowski @ 10:25!

It’s absurd to think deeply about it but there it is. I need a hit of oxygen just to watch him if he goes on to win Wimbledon #8.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Amazing news! Halle is not the best field, but enough good players that the semis should be interesting: Fed, Thiem, Zverev, Nishikori. Queens on the other hand, is full of stars, and especially chock full of Once-Were-Big-Fivers. R16 on should be great.

Too bad for Murray drawing Kyrgios to start. But Kyrgios is not known for stringing together good tournaments, so maybe he’ll give Andy his let-down match. Shapovalov was a junior Wimbledon champ; he gets a tough first round in Muller, but hopefully he’s going to start showing his promise on this surface.


jalep Says:

I hear from a big Muller fan on another site that Muller has not recovered fully from an injury (think it was elbow). That’s why Gilles Muller isn’t climbing to the heights he did last year.

Shapovalov is my pick in that one 😉


Giles Says:

Jalep. Muller has just beaten Shapo in Queens. Are you sure your info is correct? Lol


Margot Says:

Grrrr jalep, just grrrrr! OMG Beefy has lost a heap of weight and looked good, tho Norrie was pretty useless, if I’m honest. Henceforth Beefy re-named “Scrawny” ……;)


Humble Rafa Says:

Margot,

When you name someone, you must adhere to some rules. They must have at a minimum first and last names. See below for examples.

Arrogant One
Mr. Sir Lady Forehand
Egg Lover
Krazy Kokki


Okiegal Says:

I don’t like name calling….. since, as a kid I was called Fatty and Bucky Beaver…..not nice with the degrading names. Now if I had been called “Hot Lips” or “ Frenchie”…….a horse of a different color…. just saying! LOL


Willow Says:

Okie exactly its too personal ….


Okiegal Says:

@Willow^^^^^Just plain rude!!


Margot Says:

Do you think Stan/Andy/Nole/4K read tennisx?


jalep Says:

OMG Margot..just noticed🍔

You picked tubs for how many rounds LOL


jalep Says:

My info was from none other that #1 Muller Fan, Benny G. (TX)

He’s usually right but yeah…I suckered.


jalep Says:

I meant from (TG)^^

Wawarinka looked good Margot but I don’t think he’ll go far at this tournament. I’m terrible at guessing anything Stan though.


Margot Says:

jalep: never, ever, ever will I back Tubs again in anything.:0 Looked at all the punters and we seem to agree on one finalist in all the challenges. Agree about ex Beefy, he wasn’t really challenged but good to see him back. Cilic looked mighty fine. Most of us backed him to win, but not you, I know! I expect Gorgeous Grig is another duff pick for the final :(


j-kath Says:

He didn’t win – but I did enjoy watching Jay Clark (GB) – hope he continues to improve.

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