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Dimitrov Ends Murray's Wimbledon Reign, Breaks Top 10

Wimbledon, Great Britain

Dimitrov© Getty ImagesGrigor Dimitrov is through to his first Grand Slam semi-final.

World No. 13 Grigor Dimitrov reached his first Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday as he ended defending champion Andy Murray’s Wimbledon reign with a 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-2 victory. Dimitrov will now become the first Bulgarian man to break into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

“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.

“As soon as we started warming up, I sensed his game wasn’t at his highest level and I was pretty confident and playing good tennis. The first set helped me get into a good rhythm. The second set tie-break was a key moment for me. Coming into the third set, I knew I had a lot of things under control. 

“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.”

The match was watched by HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

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The Bulgarian is on a nine-match winning streak, having come into Wimbledon on the back of winning his first ATP World Tour grass-court title at The Queen’s Club, saving one match point against Feliciano Lopez in the final.

The 23-year-old Dimitrov will rank in the Top 10 on Monday, having started the season at World No. 23. He is the third different player to crack the Top 10 this year, following Kei Nishikori on 12 May and Ernests Gulbis 9 June. The right-hander has compiled a 35-9 mark this year, also winning ATP World Tour titles in Acapulco (d. Anderson) and Bucharest (d. Rosol). 

Watch: Murray Interview

The 27-year-old Murray had not dropped a set in reaching his seventh consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final. The Scot won his second Grand Slam championship at Wimbledon last year, beating Novak Djokovic to become the first British male champion in 77 years.

Playing in his first Wimbledon quarter-final, Dimitrov made a fast start as he raced into a 5-1 lead before sealing the first set in 25 minutes. The right-hander could not maintain a 4-3 break advantage in the second set as Murray fought straight back, and he was denied two break points in the 11th game as Murray forced a tie-break. Dimitrov maintained his focus though and took the breaker for a two-set lead. Two breaks in the third set confirmed victory for Dimitrov in just over two hours.

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