Tennis: defending champion Murray crushed by Dimitrov at Wimbledon

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Tennis: defending champion Murray crushed by Dimitrov at Wimbledon

<p>Grigor Dimitrov broke British hearts, ending Andy Murray’s reign as Wimbledon champion with a sublime and serene 6-1 7-6(4) 6-2 victory in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.</p> <p>The third seed had confidently marched into the last eight without dropping a set but his meek abdication this Wednesday left the Centre Court crowd, which included Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, stunned into silence.</p> <p>The man who had sparked wild celebrations around the country a year ago when he became the first homegrown men’s champion in 77 years, appeared to sleepwalk through a one-sided first set, threatened to fightback in the second and was simply outclassed in the third.</p> <p>A forehand into the net handed Dimitrov the biggest win of his career and he became the first Bulgarian man to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam tournament.</p> <p>The 11th seed will play either top seed Novak Djokovic or Croatian 26th seed Marin Cilic for a place in the final. (Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Clare Lovell)</p> <p>Reuters</p>