Roger Federer explains his hectic schedule for next 48 hours

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates winning the final against Canada's Milos Raonic at Tennis Club Weissenhof in Stuttgart, Germany. I never felt bad on the court, which is a very encouraging feeling to have.

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

His run to the final in Germany ensured he usurped previous world No 1 Rafael Nadal at the top of the ATP rankings, and if he wins in Halle next week - a traditional Federer stronghold - he will arrive at Wimbledon in July looking for his 100th title on tour.

Raonic grabbed the opening break of the game with a running forehand down the line before a quick serve and volley tactic sealed the first set advantage.

The 36-year-old will need to defend his title at Halle to maintain his No. 1 spot ahead of Wimbledon.

I will have a quiet week before Wimbledon with not many things going on, which is great.

Federer secured a return to the top ATP ranking for a sixth time with his semi-final victory on Saturday over Australian Nick Kyrgios.

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"I'm very relieved because I knew it was a tough match against Nick", said Federer. "It was close and it could have gone either way naturally but I am happy that I have got it and got back to world No. 1 next Monday".

"Maybe I was a little bit better on the bigger points".

"I think I played very well not having played for a while", Federer added.

The Swiss got his hands on the Mercedes Cup with a straight sets win over the Canadian - who hadn't been broken throughout the week before meeting the top seed.

A double fault from the Canadian followed by a return victor from the Swiss set up three match points, with Federer needing only his first as Raonic netted a return.

"I'm making positive progress, I'm happy with it and hope to keep it up tomorrow".

Raonic, the seventh seed from Thornhill, Ont., is playing his first tournament since early May when he suffered an undisclosed injury that caused him to miss the French Open.

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