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Igor Sijsling shocks Milos Raonic at Wimbledon

Updated: Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 18:46 | Comments

Bernard Tomic's father has been handed a 12-month ban by the ATP for allegedly assaulting his son's hitting partner
Bernard Tomic's father has been handed a 12-month ban by the ATP for allegedly assaulting his son's hitting partner

The man with the golden serve could not power his way into the third round of Wimbledon today as 17th seed Milos Raonic missed the chance to make a move deep into the tournament.

The Canadian has long been spoken about as a possible top-five player - largely down to his metronomic first shot - and with the men's draw opening up his match with Igor Sijsling today represented a reasonable chance to progress.

But despite sending down 22 aces, Raonic was undone by the Dutchman on Court 18, losing his way and going down 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7/4).

Consequently the 21-year-old's frustrating run in grand slam competition continues. This was his third second-round exit in succession at Wimbledon, while his best results have been one-off fourth-round appearances on the hard courts of the Australian and US Opens.

For a man with such a bombastic style, it was unsurprising to witness his unforced errors column cost him today.

Although he sent 48 winners over the net he also made 24 mistakes, allowing the 64th-ranked Sijsling, in just his second Wimbledon, to progress.

The All England Club will not be relaxing their banning of Bernard Tomic's coach and father and the last Australian standing in the men's singles is ready to move on from the issue.

John Tomic is due in a Madrid court in October charged with assaulting his son's hitting partner Thomas Drouert - an accusation he denies - and has been handed a 12-month suspension by the men's game's rulers, the ATP, as a result.

Wimbledon has also prevented John Tomic from entering its grounds as a spectator. And after his first-round win against Sam Querrey on Tuesday, Bernard Tomic expressed his unhappiness at the situation and said he would be asking the club to reconsider.

There was no sign of John Tomic on Court 18 today as Tomic Jnr saw off James Blake in three sets, though, and according to the world number 63, that will not be changing for the rest of the tournament.

"There's been some communications for sure, but it's pointless because they've stuck by the decision.

They're not going to change," said Bernard Tomic, who is returning to his rented house each night where his dad is issuing tactical instructions.

"I don't think they'll be allowing him in, which is okay.

"I'm focusing on my matches. I'm still seeing my dad and he's still advising me what to do."

As for trying to overturn the ban, he added: "Maybe in the next tournaments I'll see.

"I'm going to keep the same routine. I'm enjoying playing and can't complain."

There was little for Bernard Tomic to grumble about today as former world number four Blake was barely given a look in.

It was a welcome display of maturity from the 20-year-old, who has not always been the most consistent player on tour.

So impressive was his performance that coaching guru Nick Bollettieri interrupted his press conference to say: "Keep being the sleeping giant, you're doing well boy."

"I felt very good on court and was very happy with the way I played," Tomic said.

"It's not easy playing a guy like James and I felt really good."

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