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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 3, 2014
LONDON---Andy Murray s reign as Wimbledon
champion ended yesterday with a straight-set loss
in the quarterfinals to Bulgaria s Grigor Dimitrov,
who is making his breakthrough after years of being
touted as the game s next top player.
Two other former champions, Roger Federer and
Novak Djokovic, came from behind to win in four
sets and move into the semifinals once again at the
All England Club.
In women s play, French Open runner-up Simona
Halep and Canada s Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the
semifinals in straight sets.
Dimitrov completely outplayed Murray on Centre
Court, winning 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to reach the semifinals
of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.
The 11th-seeded Dimitrov broke Murray five times
---including in the final game---to become the first Bul-
garian man to advance to the final four of a major. It
was his first victory over a top 10 player at a Grand
"He was the better player start to finish," Murray
said. Murray last year became the first British man to
win Wimbledon in 77 years. He came into the quar-
terfinals riding a 17-match winning streak at the All
England Club, had not dropped a set this tournament
and was bidding to become the first British player to
retain the title since 1936.
"To win any tournament back-to-back, let alone
back-to-back on a surface like this which sometimes
rests on a few points in a set, it s not always going to
go your way," Murray said.
With Prince William and his wife Kate watching
from the Royal Box, Dimitrov lived up to his promise
on the biggest stage in the game.
Dimitrov s win marked a huge step forward for a
player nicknamed "Baby Fed" because of a style of play
---especially the one-handed backhand --- resembling
that of Federer. The 23-year-old Dimitrov is also well-
known for being the boyfriend of Maria Sharapova.
Dimitrov served 10 aces and had 32 winners and 18
unforced errors. Murray served as many double faults
(5) as aces and had more unforced errors (37) than win-
Dimitrov will next face top-seeded Djokovic, who
came from two-sets-to-one down to beat 26th-seeded
Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2 and
reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the fifth consecutive
year. Djokovic, the 2011 champion and 2013 runner-
up, extended his perfect record against Cilic to 10-0.
He has reached at least the semifinals at 16 of his past
17 Grand Slams.
Djokovic is 3-1 in matches against Dimitrov, who
won the Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Queen s
"He hasn t lost a match on grass courts this year,"
Djokovic said. "He s the player to beat. "
Federer, chasing a record eighth Wimbledon title,
advanced to his 35th Grand Slam semifinal with a 3-
6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 win over fellow Swiss player and
Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
Federer was broken for the first time in the tournament
and lost a set for the first time in five matches, but
lifted his game on his favorite court to run his career
record against Wawrinka to 14-2.
Federer, who lost in the second round here last year,
is through to the semis for the ninth time at Wimbledon.
He s gone on to win the title in all those years except
for 2008, when he lost to Nadal in the final.
"I m just really pleased that I m back strong this year
at Wimbledon," Federer said. "Last year was such a
disappointment ... I was very deflated leaving Wimbledon
on that note. It s good to be back in the semis and
having a chance to go a step or two further."
It s the ninth year in a row that at least two of the
so-called "Big Four" in men s tennis --- Federer, Djokovic,
Nadal and Murray --- have made it to the Wimbledon
Earlier, Halep and Bouchard won easily to set up a
meeting in the women s semifinals. Both players are
15-2 in Grand Slam matches this year.
No 3 Halep won the last 11 games to beat 2013 finalist
Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-4, 6-0.
The 13th-seeded Bouchard defeated No 9 Angelique
Kerber of Germany 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals
at a third consecutive Grand Slam.
The other semifinal Thursday is an all-Czech matchup
between 2011 champion Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safaro-
Murray knocked out in
quarters by Dimitrov
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a return to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland
during their men's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis
Championships in Wimbledon, London, yesterday. Federer won 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4,
6-4. AP PHOTO
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