October 8, 2012
Raonic up to 14th in world rankings
By QMI Agency
Making it to the final of the Japan Open resulted in Milos Raonic moving up one spot in the ATP world rankings.
Raonic, who lost to Kei Nishikori in the final of the Japan Open Sunday, jumped to a career-best 14th in the rankings, one spot ahead of the man who beat him in Tokyo. Nishikori slid up two spots to 15th while Marin Cilic of Croatia dropped three places to 16th.
The 21-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., is also 13th in the race to the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month. The top eight players at the end of the regular season qualify for the big finale.
Raonic will take on qualifier Marinko Matosevic of Croatia Tuesday in the first round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Raonic is seeded 12th in the Shanghai event while Matosevic is currently ranked 60th in the world.
The Canadian star avoided top-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland and third-seeded Andy Murray of Great Britain, whom he beat in the semifinals in Japan, in the draw but will be in the same bracket as second-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia and fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.