|Milos Raonic of Canada wipes sweat from his face against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during day seven of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2012 in Mason, Ohio. (Nick Laham/Getty Images/AFP)
Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic jumped three spots to 16th in the ATP rankings Monday, the highest position even attained by a Canadian.
The ranking means Raonic will be seeded at the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, next week's U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
The 21-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., was rewarded for advancing to the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, last week.
He lost in the quarters to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
Wawrinka, a semifinalist in Cincinnati, rose to 19th from 26th place and continues his march back to the top 10 position he first occupied in 2008.
Cincinnati winner Roger Federer retained his no. 1 ranking on the eve of the U.S. Open, where he'll try to add to his record 17 Grand Slam titles.
Serbian native Novak Djokovic remained at no. 2 in the rankings while Rafael Nadal of Spain kept his no. 3 spot.
The other ranked Canadians in the ATP singles list are Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, B.C. (104th place) and Niagara Falls native Frank Dancevic (123rd).
Steven Diez of Toronto, who reached the quarterfinals in Karshi, Uzbekistan last week, jumped 19 spots to 265th in the rankings.