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Milos Raonic reaches career-high ATP ranking

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This week’s list of the ATP World Tour rankings have seen Canadian Milos Raonic make it to a career high number nine, after he reached the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters last week.

The 23-year-old has leapfrogged Frenchman Richard Gasquet to reach the highest ranking of his career so far, and he has been rewarded for his consistency on the ATP Tour, as he is still yet to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.

The shift up in places is another notable achievement for the Montenegro-born player, who became the first Canadian to reach the top 10 in the rankings in August 2013. He has followed up his impressive form this year, reaching the quarter-finals of all three Masters 1000 events that have been played so far.

Big-serving American John Isner has also moved above Gasquet into tenth, as the Frenchman did not take part in Monte Carlo due to injury.

Another change in the top 10 was David Ferrer’s jump from six to five, surpassing Tomas Berdych, though he remains just short of 900 points behind Roger Federer in fourth.

The Spaniard caused a shock in Monte Carlo with victory over eight-time champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, which was the first time he had beaten his Spanish compatriot on clay since 2004. However, he was beaten by in-form Swiss star Stanislas Wawrinka in the semi-finals.

Spain now boast eight players in the world’s top 32, as Guillermo-Garcia Lopez has made a six-place jump from 38, after his pleasing showing in Monte Carlo, which saw him reach the quarter-finals.

It has been a successful year so far for Garcia-Lopez, who has seen his ranking rise from 62 to 32, and his run to the last eight in Monte Carlo, which included a third round win over Berdych, followed a tournament victory in Casablanca in his previous appearance.

Wawrinka has held his position in third ahead of Federer, who he beat in the final in Monte Carlo to win his first Masters 1000 title, which follows his maiden Grand Slam victory at the Australian Open in January earlier this year.

World number one Nadal has lost 420 points, after failing to follow up his run to the final in Monte Carlo last year, but he remains over 2000 points ahead of Serbian Novak Djokovic, who lost 640 points on his tally, having been knocked out in the semi-finals by Federer, which followed his first tournament victory at the event in 2013.

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