"I'm happy I have a chance to come back and play some more good tennis". "Congratulations @rogerfederer and thank you Stuttgart".
A three-and-a-half-month break has worked wonders for Roger Federer, who returned to the court in the Stuttgart Open 250 and who has regained the spot of world number one with his semi-final victory over Nick Kyrgios.
"I tried to make it hard and I don't want any day to be easy for anybody", said Raonic. 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.
Federer was pushed all the way by the fourth-seeded Kyrgios, who fired down 23 aces in another battling performance at the German grasscourt tournament.
"It's a wonderful feeling".
The 27-year-old now holds the No. 35 position in the world rankings.
"It's nice that it happened but I've other problems", said Federer, playing his first tournament since March.
Federer opted to sit out the entirety of the clay-court season
Raonic, who has won eight career ATP titles, reached a career-high No. 3 in the world rankings in November 2016.
It will be Raonic's first final since the 2017 Istanbul Open.
Federer's 78-minute win, sealing his first Stuttgart triumph, was the ideal tonic for the Swiss in the build-up to defending his Wimbledon crown, having extended his unbeaten 12-month sequence in grass court matches to 16. "I'm playing better with each match, I'm there at the important moments in the games, that's an important thing". Raonic plays Yuki Bhambri of India in his first-round match Tuesday.
Going into Sunday's final, Federer has a 10-3 winning record against Raonic, 27, and Federer triumphed in their last meeting at the quarter-final stage of last year's Wimbledon.
Cilic and Federer met in the Wimbledon final past year in a game which saw the Swiss star win his eighth title at the All England Club.
"It will all depend on how many matches I get next week and then I'll decide what to do in the week before Wimbledon", Raonic said.