Roger Federer will regain world number one ranking from Rafael Nadal, when the new rankings are published on Monday.
He regained the number one spot today by beating Australian Nick Kyrgios to reach Stuttgart final, coming from one set down to clinch victory 6-7 6-2 7-6.
When the 36-year-old Swiss resumes his place at the top of the ATP rankings for the sixth time in his career on Monday, it will mark the beginning a record 310th week at the summit of the men’s game.
“I feel great, I’m very happy,” Federer said, adding that playing for the ranking in a smaller event gives the achievement more emphasis.
“It feels different to do it here, I feel really good about it. Getting there, especially with 7-6 in the third-set tiebreaker added extra drama. I’m happy I was able to stay calm and play good tennis at the end.”
Top seed Federer will play for the 98th title of his career on Sunday against Milos Raonic.
The Canadian hammered 19 aces to eliminate defending champion Lucas Pouille 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).
Federer stands 10-3 over Raonic, Wimbledon finalist in 2016 against Andy Murray.
The Swiss, who owns 20 Grand Slam singles titles, needed to fight all the way against Kyrgios, playing his first event in two months due to injury.
Federer dropped the opening set in a tiebreaker but roared back in the second with a pair of breaks to level at a set each.
The third set was tight all the way into the tiebreaker, with Federer erasing a 3-1 deficit.
The heavy crowd favourite at the Weissenhof Club earned a match point with a high overhead backhand winner and finished off the popular victory seconds later to the roar of fans after just under two hours.
Federer, who has now passed Nadal twice since February to take back the number one spot, said the excitement factor of the rankings dogfight cannot be overlooked.
“My season starts now. I’m playing next week (Halle) and Wimbledon. We will see about Canada (the Masters event in August).