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Andy Murray v Grigor Dimitrov live: The latest from Wimbledon 2014


Andy Murray vs Grigor Dimitrov 
Welcome the The Independent's live coverage of today's quarter-final at Wimbledon between Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov.


  • Andy Murray v Grigor Dimitrov (* denotes server)
    • Grigor Dimitrov beats Andy Murray 6-1 7-6 6-2 to progress to semi-finals
    • The Bulgarian wins the tiebreak 7-4 to take the second set, leads 6-1 7-6.
    • Dimitrov wins opening set 6-1 in just 25 minutes
    7/2/2014 2:32:34 PM
  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's quarter-final at Wimbledon between Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov.
    7/2/2014 12:16:35 PM
  • The players are coming out on court for this enticing quarter-final clash. Can Andy Murray book his place in the semi-finals to defend his Wimbledon title?
    7/2/2014 12:18:51 PM
  • Fans have made their way to 'Murray Mount' as the Scot prepares to take on Dimitrov on Centre Court. 

    7/2/2014 12:24:56 PM
  • With the match still a few minutes away, read Paul Newman's preview of the quarter-final clash, giving you a bit of background about Murray's opponent today.

    Read the piece here
    7/2/2014 12:27:29 PM
  • Andy Murray* 0-1 Grigor Dimitrov
    Murray gets off to a good start winning the first two points of the game and has the chance to break after the Bulgarian brings it back to deuce, but Dimtrov recovers well to keep serve.
    7/2/2014 12:34:31 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-1 Grigor Dimitrov*
    The Scot displays encouraging signs that his decent run of serving will continue, winning his first service game. However, Dimitrov looks to be more than a match for the Wimbledon champion so far.
    7/2/2014 12:38:04 PM
  • Andy Murray* 1-2 Grigor Dimitrov
    The Bulgarian looks to be in good shape as he recovers after a cheeky lob from Murray, using a 124mph serve to take Murray out wide before effectively smashing home from the net.
    7/2/2014 12:40:55 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-3 Grigor Dimitrov*
    DIMITROV BREAKS:
    Both players seem quite content with playing long rallies at the moment, but it does appear that Dimitrov has the upper hand in these early stages. He gets two break points and positively moves towards the net, with Murray's backhand passing shot landing outside the line to give Dimitrov a 3-1 lead. 
    7/2/2014 12:43:23 PM
  • Andy Murray* 1-4 Grigor Dimitrov
    The 23-year-old is looking confident and is playing with no fear. Murray is struggling to adapt to the Bulgarian's agile play, hitting another unforced error into the net and Dimitrov seals a love-service game. Murray needs to get going quickly, or he'll soon find himself in trouble. 
    7/2/2014 12:46:22 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-5 Grigor Dimitrov*
    DIMITROV BREAKS AGAIN: Dimitrov is looking incredibly impressive in these early stages, hitting a powerful forehand winner off Murray's second serve for a 0-30 lead. Murray then struggles to keep up with subsequent rallies as he waits for the Scot to make a mistake, and he obliges, twice slicing into the net. The crowd try to lift his spirits but he's really struggling.
    7/2/2014 12:50:00 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 Grigor Dimitrov
    SET! Murray wins the first point to boost his confidence but Dimitrov soon fights back. Murray lethargically hits into the net to give the Bulgarian a double set point, and after a lengthy rally, the 27-year-old hits his 9th unforced error of the set to hand the Bulgarian the first set.
    7/2/2014 12:54:40 PM
  • Murray shocked as Dimitrov wins the first set 6-1 in just 25 minutes. Can he recover in the second? The crowd are trying to get behind the British number one but so far he can't handle Dimitrov.
    7/2/2014 12:56:41 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 1-0 Grigor Dimitrov*
    The defending champion attempts to recover straight away and can do no better than securing only his second service game of the match. The Scot fist pumps the air; his body language suggests his confidence is coming back after that shock first set.
    7/2/2014 12:58:08 PM

  • Grigor Dimitrov wins the first set 6-1 in just 25 minutes. Can Murray recover? 


    7/2/2014 12:59:37 PM
  • Andy Murray* 1-6 1-1 Grigor Dimitrov
    Just as it seems Murray is coming back into this match, Dimitrov shows once again why the tennis world is taking note of him, forcing Murray into two more unforced errors. The no. 11 seed sends Murray out wide with a 121mph serve and executes his serve-and-volley tactic to perfection, despite the Scot's best efforts.
    7/2/2014 1:02:01 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 2-1 Grigor Dimitrov*
    Murray showing signs of a lack of composure as he registers back-to-back double-faults. The crowd once again urge the Scot to carry on and he responds, powering two shots into the corner that Dimitrov can't get to. He recovers, taking the game to deuce and Murray takes advantage, playing a clever shot down the line to calm his nerves and keep serve. He really needed that one.
    7/2/2014 1:06:22 PM
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in attendance today on Centre Court...



    7/2/2014 1:08:22 PM
  • Andy Murray* 1-6 2-2 Grigor Dimitrov
    Dimitrov is playing superbly at the moment, serving in the region of 133-135mph to make life difficult for Murray. The Bulgarian is dictating the play and serves a perfect service game to level proceedings at 2-2.
    7/2/2014 1:09:39 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 3-2 Grigor Dimitrov*
    After his early wobble, Murray appears to be growing into the game and holds his ground after Dimitrov advances to the net to get the all important 40-15 lead, before Dimtrov unusually hits his return long.
    7/2/2014 1:12:17 PM
  • Dimitrov is in control so far but Murray appears to be making some in-roads in this match.


    7/2/2014 1:14:31 PM
  • Andy Murray* 1-6 3-3 Grigor Dimitrov
    Dimitrov once again serving impeccably, leaving Murray to feed off the scraps of his second serve. One of the big problems for the Scot at the moment is his forehand - he's hit 11 unforced errors so far compared to Dimitrov's total of one - and is no match for the Bulgarian as he unleashes another storming 130mph serve.

    7/2/2014 1:17:48 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 3-4 Grigor Dimitrov*
    DIMITROV BREAKS! Murray is struggling to find any power or direction with his shots and more importantly, his serve. Dimitrov stuns the Scot with a superb return and has another opportunity to break at 30-40. But he simply can't deal with the sudden show of aggression from Murray, who takes it to deuce. However, two tame efforts from Murray give his opponent the break, and he's in trouble. 
    7/2/2014 1:22:37 PM
  • Dimitrov is playing exceptionally well, but the statistics show that Murray is his own worst enemy. His total tally of unforced errors is currently 20, compared to Dimitrov's total of just five.
    7/2/2014 1:23:41 PM
  • Andy Murray* 1-6 4-4 Grigor Dimitrov
    MURRAY BREAKS BACK! A great chance opens up for Murray to break as he takes a 0-30 lead, but Dimitrov hits back with an ace and another 125mph serve. The no. 3 seed then gains his first break point as Dimitrov wildly unleashes his backhand south of the baseline, and Murray crucially breaks back, somehow returning a 121mph second serve.
    7/2/2014 1:28:25 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 5-4 Grigor Dimitrov*
    After his nightmare first set, Murray is more than a match for Dimitrov now. But another unforced error on his forehand, slapping it into the net, makes it a nervy time for Murray. However, a truly magnificent 31-stroke rally goes in Murray's favour and the crowd are delighted, before he seals the game with a 127mph ace.
    7/2/2014 1:34:13 PM
  • What an effort that was from Murray, he's truly showing his fighting spirit now. 

    7/2/2014 1:36:01 PM
  • Andy Murray* 1-6 5-5 Grigor Dimitrov
    A double-fault from Dimitrov - his first of the game - gifts Murray a chance to break at 30-30 but a wild backhand squanders a golden opportunity for a break point, and Dimitrov offers no second chances with another fast serve.
    7/2/2014 1:38:10 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 6-5 Grigor Dimitrov*
    Two stunning returns from the Bulgarian see him hold the advantage in a crucial game in the set and he takes a double break point opportunity. Murray, under pressure, does well to save two points and take it to deuce. He unleashes a superb 130mph ace and some superb tennis overall from Murray helps him keep serve. A nervy game for him is out of the way.
    7/2/2014 1:43:51 PM
  • Andy Murray* 1-6 6-6 Grigor Dimitrov
    TIEBREAK! Dimitrov shows his first signs of nerves, losing the first point but when his character is tested, the 23-year-old completes a superb service game to take this evenly-matched set to a tiebreak.

    7/2/2014 1:46:41 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 6-6 (1-2) Grigor Dimitrov
    TIEBREAK: Errors are starting to seep into the game with all three of the first points coming from unforced errors. Perhaps it's a case of nerves? Murray misses a golden opportunity to take a 2-1 lead before his two serves, slapping his flat shot into the net.
    7/2/2014 1:49:08 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 6-6 (3-3) Grigor Dimitrov
    TIEBREAK: Dimitrov's acrobatic nature can't help him save a 21-stroke rally and Murray then serves wide, forcing the Bulgarian's return into the net. However, some smart net play helps him recover to 3-3.
    7/2/2014 1:50:44 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 6-6 (4-5) Grigor Dimitrov
    TIEBREAK: Dimitrov begins his first of two serves with a 128mph ace but then sets up the smash for Murray, who makes no mistake from the net. However, the Bulgarian pulls off an incredible shot to take the advantage.

    7/2/2014 1:53:01 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 6-7 (4-7) Grigor Dimitrov
    SET! Dimitrov takes two set points and plays some superb tennis, forcing Murray into the net to take the second set. The Bulgarian then executes a brilliant passing shot to win the set. Murray is two sets down and in real trouble here. 
    7/2/2014 1:55:30 PM
  • Grigor Dimitrov is on the verge of a major upset, but how does he approach the third set now. Do you think Murray can fight back and repeat last year's heroics?

     
    7/2/2014 1:58:02 PM
  • Andy Murray* 1-6 6-7 0-1 Grigor Dimitrov
    Just when you think the Scot is coming back into it, he gives Dimitrov the chance to win the first game. And at the third attempt, the Bulgarian smashes home to keep his serve. He's simply unbreakable at the moment.
    7/2/2014 1:59:21 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 6-7 1-1 Grigor Dimitrov
    A wonderful backhand volley from Dimitrov shows just how good he is at the moment, but Murray displays his credentials at the net to level it at 15-15. Murray keeps his composure after being invited to the net again and keeps serve. 
    7/2/2014 2:03:55 PM
  • Andy Murray* 1-6 6-7 1-2 Grigor Dimitrov
    Dimitrov's power is too much for Murray, first recording a sublime ace - his eighth of the match - before forcing Murray into the corner with two aggressive forehand strokes. 
    7/2/2014 2:06:06 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 6-7 2-2 Grigor Dimitrov*
    A game of volleys for Murray as he forces the 6ft 3 Bulgarian into some entertaining slides, and concludes the game with a confident forehand winner. 
    7/2/2014 2:09:39 PM
  • Andy Murray* 1-6 6-7 2-3 Grigor Dimitrov
    A slight lapse in concentration sees Dimitrov lash at a good smash opportunity but recovers to 30-15. Dimitrov refuses to give up as Murray sends him racing round the court with some entertaining play at the net, but then lazily slices wide to bring it to deuce. A well-placed 121mph ace gives him the advantage and Murray's luck is definitely out when his string breaks, allowing Dimitrov to keep serve.
    7/2/2014 2:15:58 PM
  • Murray gets frustrated as he finds himself two sets down. 


    7/2/2014 2:17:25 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 6-7 2-4 Grigor Dimitrov*
    DIMITROV BREAKS! The defending champion looks to gain control of the play and sends his opponent moving between each corner of the court before Dimitrov strikes into the net. Murray is then stunned by a breathtaking forehand winner down the line and loses another two points to hand Dimitrov another break point. Murray double-faults at the crucial moment and he now needs something special to save his Wimbledon dream.
    7/2/2014 2:22:07 PM
  • Andy Murray* 1-6 6-7 2-5 Grigor Dimitrov
    Even despite slipping, Dimitrov manages to get back up into position and wins the point to make it 15-15. A rare double-fault from him hands Murray a chance for a break, but he squanders his chance, slicing into the net, and Dimitrov makes no mistake with a fantastic ace to return for the set.
    7/2/2014 2:25:02 PM
  • Andy Murray 1-6 6-7 2-6 Grigor Dimitrov
    GAME, SET AND MATCH! The Bulgarian has played exceptionally well today, leaving hardly any room for error, and can see the finish line. Dimitrov is gifted the chance to dump the defending champion out but a brave and brilliant forehand down the line from Murray provides a temporary reprieve. However, he hits into the net and Dimitrov deservedly progresses to the semi-final with a straight-sets victory. He has been sensational today. 
    7/2/2014 2:30:33 PM
  • A dejected Murray walks off the court and heads for the dressing room, while the delighted Dimitrov signs autographs. He makes a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time in his career. 

    Andy Murray 1-6 6-7 2-6 Grigor Dimitrov
    7/2/2014 2:32:06 PM
  • Twitter reacts to Murray's defeat...

    7/2/2014 2:36:22 PM

  • Grigor Dimitrov euphoric after beating Andy Murray on Centre Court 


    7/2/2014 2:38:42 PM
  • So, to recap, defending champion Andy Murray is OUT of Wimbledon, losing in straight sets to Grigor Dimitrov. 

    That's all from us today, thank you for tuning in and be sure to join us for the upcoming semi-final and final matches from Wimbledon.
    7/2/2014 2:40:01 PM
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