Raonic, Bouchard reach career high rankings
LONDON – Milos Raonic rose three spots to No. 6 the ATP men’s tennis rankings, while fellow Canadian Eugenie Bouchard also reached a career high as she moved up six spots to No. 7 on the women’s WTA list.
Wimbledon doubles champion Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver also made a big jump, surging from No. 94 to No. 33 in the men’s doubles rankings.
Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., made the jump after advancing to Saturday’s Wimbledon women’s final, where she fell 6-3, 6-0 to Petra Kvitova. Bouchard, a former junior Wimbledon champion, is the first Canadian to reach a senior singles Grand Slam final.
With the jump, Bouchard surpassed Carling Bassett-Seguso as the highest ranked Canadian in WTA history.
Kvitova’s second Wimbledon title allowed her to improve two places to No. 4.
The top three places on the WTA Tour did not change, with Serena Williams at No. 1, Li Na at No. 2, and Simona Halep at No. 3.
On the men’s side, Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., jumped to No. 6 after reaching the first Grand Slam semifinal of his career, where he fell 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to Roger Federer.
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic replaced Rafael Nadal at No. 1, while runner-up Federer rose one spot to No. 3.
“It means a lot at this stage of my career,” said Djokovic, who was last in the top spot nine months ago.
This is his 102nd week atop the men’s rankings overall, the eighth most in history.
In all, there were eight changes in the top 10 a day after Djokovic beat Federer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 for his second championship at the All England Club and seventh Grand Slam title.
The 27-year-old Serb first reached No. 1 after earning the 2011 Wimbledon trophy.
He’s also the first man to qualify for the 2014 season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, earning a berth for the eighth consecutive year. Djokovic has won that event three times, including in 2012 and 2013.
Andy Murray dropped five ranking spots to No. 10 on Monday by losing in the quarter-finals a year after becoming the first British man since 1936 to win Wimbledon.
Federer, who was bidding for a record eighth title at the grass-court major tournament, swapped places with Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, who slid to No. 4.
The other losing Wimbledon semifinalists, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, rose four spots to No. 9.
The biggest jump in the top 100 was made by Nick Kyrgios, the 19-year-old Australian who beat Nadal in the fourth round last week. Kyrgios went from 144th to a career-best 66th, a 78-place rise.
Pospisil teamed with American Jack Sock to beat brothers Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the Wimbledon men’s doubles final.
– with files from The Associated Press.
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