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Rafael Nadal returns to No. 3, Milos Raonic first Canadian in the top 10

Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic in straight sets for the Rogers Cup title. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic in straight sets for the Rogers Cup title. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal's remarkable 2013 season continues. Thanks to his triumphant run at the Rogers Cup in Montreal last week, Nadal returns to the No. 3 ranking for the first time in nearly a year this week.

It's an impressive rise considering he missed seven months after shutting down his season after Wimbledon last year. Since his return to the ATP Tour in February, Nadal has played 11 tournaments, made the final at ten of them, and won an ATP-leading eight titles (Djokovic and Murray are tied at No. 2 on that list with three titles each). Those titles include his eighth French Open title and four ATP Masters 1000s (Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome, and Montreal).

With no points to defend for the rest of the year, Nadal is in prime position to chase down Novak Djokovic for the year-end No. 1 ranking. He leads Djokovic by 1,420 points in the Race to London rankings, which tallies the number of points a player earns during the current season.

The ATP top 10 also welcomes a new member into the fold. 22-year-old Milos Raonic becomes the youngest member of the Top 10 after making his first ATP Masters 1000 final in Montreal. Raonic, ranked right at No. 10, is the first Canadian man to ever break into the top 10. "For me, it's a very special day to at least get to a goal I set for myself earlier this year, which looked a little bit difficult after how I played recently," Raonic said after clinching his Top 10 ranking last week. "But to do it here in Montréal, it's a relief and it's a happy feeling.”

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