Canadian Milos Raonic was looking at the bigger picutre after a loss to Roger Federer Sunday morning in the Stutttgart Open final. In the last couple of days I've not dropped serve. He was able to break the Frenchman, and then quickly consolidate to go out to an early advantage in the first set.
He will begin a record-extending 310th week at the top on Monday, his third stint at No.1 this year as he and his old Spanish rival Nadal vie for supremacy.
"It's a great comeback for me", Federer said after completing his 78-minute win.
"I'm happy I have a chance to come back and play some more good tennis".
Kyrgios won their first clash in Madrid back in 2015, 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (12-10) but Federer hit back to take the victory in Miami past year, 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (9-11), 7-6 (7-5).
Federer kept tight control on the match as he claimed his third title of the season after the Australian Open and Rotterdam and now owns 18 grass trophies including eight from Wimbledon. I think I played very well throughout the tournament, actually, having not played for a while.
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.
At the end, I played some of my best tennis.it's a great feeling.
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.
But he was made to work hard to regain the top spot as Kyrgios, also playing in his first tournament after two months out with an elbow injury, refused to buckle in a contest that lasted just short of two hours.
"Reaching the final is an important step for me", he said.
"I'm making positive progress, I'm happy with it and hope to keep it up tomorrow".
"But I didn't do much wrong today". "Maybe I need a few more matches to get the confidence to make the right decisions in a split second".