Nadal Climbs to No. 3 After Winning Montreal Tennis Tournament

French Open champion Rafael Nadal climbed one spot on the men’s rankings to No. 3 after winning his 25th Masters title at the Rogers Cup in Montreal yesterday.

The 27-year-old Spaniard defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 to extend his unbeaten run on hard courts this season. Since his comeback from a knee injury in February, Nadal has won eight tournaments, including two events on hard courts. Montreal was his first tournament since he limped out of the opening round of Wimbledon against Belgian journeyman Steve Darcis.

“To win here, I have to be playing my top level,” Nadal told reporters. “Very happy the way that I played almost every match in this tournament. Is very important for me, this title.”

With two weeks to go before the U.S. Open, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, who lost to Nadal in three sets in the semifinals in Montreal, remains the world’s No. 1 player on the rankings of the men’s tennis ATP World Tour. Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Andy Murray of Britain, beaten in the third round of Montreal by Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, is at No. 2, while Spain’s David Ferrer drops one place to No. 4. Raonic, 22, reached his first top-10 spot by reaching the final. He climbed three places to No. 10.

Roger Federer, who has struggled with a back injury since he was upset in the second round of Wimbledon, is No. 5, his lowest ranking in a decade. The 17-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland is defending his title at this week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Women’s Rankings

If he doesn’t make the final, he may drop to as low as No.

7. The 32-year-old, who skipped Montreal because of his bad back, suffered consecutive losses to lower-ranked players at two clay-court events in Hamburg, Germany, and Gstaad, Switzerland, last month.

There are no changes in the top six of the women’s rankings. Reigning U.S. Open and French Open champion Serena Williams remains the top-ranked player on the WTA tour after winning her 54th career title in Toronto yesterday. The 31-year-old American beat Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, 6-2, 6-0.

Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus is No. 2, followed by former U.S. Open winner Maria Sharapova of Russia in third place. Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska is fourth, China’s Li Na fifth and Sara Errani of Italy remains sixth.

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