|Milos Raonic returns a ball to Simon Greul during the Barcelona Open April 20, 2011. (ALBERT GEA/Reuters)
Not even winning is second straight SAP Open could keep Canadian tennis sensation Milos Raonic from dropping three spots in the ATP world rankings.
Raonic, who knocked off Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan Sunday to defend his title in San Jose, Calif., slipped to 35th in the rankings. That's 10 spots off his career-best.
But the 21-year-old from Thornhill doesn't expect to stay in the 30s for long. In fact, he's aiming to break into the top 10 very soon.
"That's where I want to be by the end of the year," Raonic said on a conference call. "I don't think there's anything that really tells me that I don't belong there. I feel just in general my confidence is growing, my respect from the other players is growing. It's just coming together nicely."
Raonic will play in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis this week. He made it to the final of that ATP 500 event last year as a wild card before losing to Andy Roddick of the U.S.
Seeded fourth in Memphis this time, Raonic will open play Wednesday against 70th-ranked Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.