Zee Media Bureau/ Suyash Srivastava
New Delhi: Thousands of local spectators were left heartbroken, as local boy and defending champion Andy Murray was knocked out of Wimbledon 2014 by Grigor Dimitrov.
The 23-year-old Bulgarian, also known as `Baby Federer`, stunned Murray by dominating the proceedings throughout the match. Murray hadn`t dropped a set prior to his quarter-final outing and it was probably complacency which cost him the match.
While Dimitrov was spot on with his first seve, Murray struggled and the Bulgarian hit winners off most of his opponent`s second serve which were there to be hit. Dimitrov`s return of serve was also spot on and the Briton made several unforced errors whenever the Bulgarian unleashed a backhand slice.
Murray became the first Briton since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the men`s singles when he won the coveted trophy in 2013, and had been on a 17-match winning streak at Wimbledon. Had he won against Dimitrov, it would have been his sixth consecuitve Wimbledon semi-final.
Murray underwent a back surgery in September last year and parted ways with coach Ivan Lendl in March. Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo was appointed as his new coach and even though experts said she helped Murray become calmer during matches, she probably couldn`t help him defend his prestigious title.