06/22/2011 02:25 EDT | Updated 08/22/2011 05:12 EDT

Milos Raonic Out Of Wimbledon After Leg Injury


THE CANADIAN PRESS -- WIMBLEDON, England - Canadian Milos Raonic was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon on Wednesday after falling awkwardly during his second-round match.

The 20-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., had just broken Luxembourg's Gilles Muller for a 2-1 lead in the first set when he went down.

Rain had delayed the start of the day's play, though courts were covered during several hours of bad weather.

Raonic was moving to his left at the baseline at 15-all, then lost his footing and tumbled, his legs going in different directions, as he tried to move back to his right.

He grimaced and spent some time sitting where he fell while officials and his opponent looked on. He appeared to be favouring the groin area.

A trainer worked on his leg and Raonic eventually limped to the sidelines where he received more treatment and had his right thigh wrapped.

He returned to action, moving gingerly but won his service game. Muller then won his serve.

Raonic, the 31st seed, saw the trainer during the break and called it quits while leading the set 3-2. He spent just 23 minutes on court.

Raonic and Muller both ended with five aces, with the Canadian hitting 14 winners.

The unexpected exit was a huge disappointment for the big server who had stormed into the second round 48 hours earlier at the All England club.

A win by Raonic would have seen him face defending champion Rafael Nadal in the third round.

Raonic was one of three Canadians in the second round, a first for the Canada since Sonya Jeyaseelan, Sebastien Lareau and Daniel Nestor did it in 2000.

He was joined by Rebecca Marino and Stephanie Dubois.