Dimitrov stuns Murray to reach Wimbledon SFs, Djokovic defeats Cilic

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Grigor Dimitrov

Andy Murray, seed number three, was forced to surrender his Wimbledon crown on the Centre Court this afternoon by conceding a straight sets defeat versus young star Grigor Dimitrov. The surging Bulgarian is in the form of his life at the moment as he has already conquered three tournaments in 2014. He got off to a slightly shaky start today as he faced a break point in the opening game, but got his act together in no time to reel off five games in a row and move a set up. The British hope won only 12 of 38 rallies in the first set. The second one progressed with serve until 3-3 when the contestants exchanged breaks, so a tie-break lottery was eventually needed to tell them apart. The eleventh seed stood his ground firmly in the breaker and generated a double set point after a refined stop volley. The local hero then fell victim to another net attack by the highest-ranked Bulgarian who thus obtained a two-set cushion. His dominance continued in the set three where he confirmed a break to make it 5-2 and kept terrorizing Murray who double-faulted in the following game to gift the opponent a pair of match points – Dimitrov put away a service winner to convert the second one and reach his debut Grand Slam semi-final by securing a 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory.

“I’m excited and happy I went through in straight sets,” Dimitrov told BBC television. “It’s never easy to play Andy, especially in front of his home crowd. I was pretty fortunate today … I was pretty steady during the whole match and came out the winner. I have two more matches to play hopefully. I’m trying to stay on course and prepare for the next one.”

Top seed Serbian Novak Djokovic was made to work hard for his semi-final ticket as 26th-seeded Marin Cilic recovered excellently after dropping the initial set where he almost failed to get on the board. The Croat thus grabbed two consecutive sets, but Nole kept himself afloat by lifting his game and taking the clash to the distance. He was in full control in the decider where he broke twice before serving to wrap up the proceedings at 5-2. Novak had a triple match point at his disposal a minute or so later and sent Cilic home straight away by executing an unreturnable volley to win 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2. His head-to-head score against Dimitrov stands at 3-1.

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