LONDON--It's third time just as unlucky for Milos Raonic at Wimbledon.
Despite a favourable draw and good health, the Canadian Davis Cup star went down in the second round at the All-England Club today for the third straight year, losing in suprisingly weak fashion to Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands.
Raonic, 22, was outpointed at every turn by the 25-year-old from Amsterdam. Even though Raonic had more aces, he was even outserved for most of the three sets played and made too many easy errors while Sijsling, No. 64 in the world, made only seven unforced mistakes all match.
The final 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4) score was exactly reflective of the contest. Raonic started slowly and seemingly cautiously, then fell into a valley at a critical point in the match.
He went from having a break point on Sijsling's serve at 5-5 in the first to losing 12 of the next 13 points. That cost him the first set and put Sijsling up a break in the second, and even though the Canadian was somewhat better the rest of the way he never recovered.
He had triple break point late in the second set and lost the next five points. In the third set tiebreak, he won only three of the six points he served before Sijsling finished the match with a perfect serve and volley play.
Raonic is now 9-9 all-time on grass, clearly not his best surface at this point in his young career.
At Wimbledon in 2011, he fell early in a second round match against Gilles Muller of Luxemborg and had to retire. Last year, he lost to Sam Querrey of the U.S. after winning his first round match.