ROGERS CUP 2014
Kermode Presents Top 10 Trophies In Toronto
by ATP Staff|
ATP Executive Chairman & President Chris Kermode made some special presentations during his visit to the Rogers Cup in Toronto, celebrating the newest arrivals to the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Kermode presented Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, Kei Nishikori and Ernests Gulbis with an Emirates ATP Top 10 Trophy, commemorating their achievement of breaking into the game’s elite.
"It obviously means a lot to me," said Dimitrov, who broke into the Top 10 after reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon, beating defending champion Andy Murray before falling to Novak Djokovic.
"I've always been chasing the Top 10 all my life, then especially when I got onto the tour. I take it as a step forward. For me it's just the beginning. I'm really excited to be able to be in that space and to fight for what's out there. When you reach the Top 10, you reach another status and it brings you extra confidence and belief. But Roger [Rasheed] and I know it's just the beginning and we want to go even further."
Raonic made history one year ago when he became the first Canadian and the first player born in the 1990s to break into the Top 10 after reaching the final in Montreal (l. to Nadal). After winning his sixth ATP World Tour title at the Citi Open last week (d. Pospisil), the 23 year old is at a career-high World No. 6.
"It's great, that kind of recognition," said Raonic. "It's great all the things that have happened in this past year. I think the progress I have made, the development I've been fortunate to go through. The sights pretty much go down now. It's No. 5, No. 4, No. 3, whatever comes after that. It's about getting better each week and figuring out a way to win matches."
Nishikori became the first Japanese man to break into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on 12 May, after reaching his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in Madrid (l. to Nadal). "It's been great," said Nishikori.
"It's a very special feeling. It was my goal when I was a kid. I was always looking to reach the Top 10. The goal is to keep this ranking. You get used to this feeling and hopefully I can keep going. Thanks to my team; they always helped me. It was big news in Japan because they always talk about the Top 10 and now I made it."