Andy Murray stunned by Dimitrov in semis

Novak Djokovic of Serbia blows kisses to the fans as he celebrates winning the Wimbledon title after beating Roger Federer of Switzerland in the final.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia blows kisses to the fans as he celebrates winning the Wimbledon title after beating Roger Federer of Switzerland in the final.
CHAMPION: Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his second Wimbledon crown.
CHAMPION: Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his second Wimbledon crown.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia eats some of the centre court grass after beating Roger Federer of Switzerland in the final.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia eats some of the centre court grass after beating Roger Federer of Switzerland in the final.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after the men's singles final at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after the men's singles final at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a backhand to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men's singles final at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a backhand to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men's singles final at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the men's singles final at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the men's singles final at Wimbledon.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after her victory in the Ladies' Singles final against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after her victory in the Ladies' Singles final against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard.
Petra Kvitova plays a forehand return during the Ladies' Singles final.
Petra Kvitova plays a forehand return during the Ladies' Singles final.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the women's singles final.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the women's singles final.
Eugenie Bouchard with the runner-up trophy after the women's singles final against Petra Kvitova.
Eugenie Bouchard with the runner-up trophy after the women's singles final against Petra Kvitova.
Eugenie Bouchard hits a forehand during the women's singles final.
Eugenie Bouchard hits a forehand during the women's singles final.
Eugenie Bouchard at full stretch during the women's final.
Eugenie Bouchard at full stretch during the women's final.
Making it into the Wimbledon final meant much to Novak Djokovic.
Making it into the Wimbledon final meant much to Novak Djokovic.
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov shows his athleticism in the Wimbledon semifinals.
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov shows his athleticism in the Wimbledon semifinals.
Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer shows his classic grace on court in the Wimbledon semifinals.
Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer shows his classic grace on court in the Wimbledon semifinals.
Swiss tennis star Roger Federer a crowd favourite at the All England Club where fans joined with him in celebrating his semifinal win.
Swiss tennis star Roger Federer a crowd favourite at the All England Club where fans joined with him in celebrating his semifinal win.
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during her Wimbledon match against Simona Halep of Romania.
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during her Wimbledon match against Simona Halep of Romania.
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada hits a return during her women's singles semi-final match against Simona Halep of Romania at Wimbledon.
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada hits a return during her women's singles semi-final match against Simona Halep of Romania at Wimbledon.
Eugenie Bouchard blasted past Simona Halep after a first-set tiebreaker to reach the Wimbledon final.
Eugenie Bouchard blasted past Simona Halep after a first-set tiebreaker to reach the Wimbledon final.
Simona Halep (right) congratulates Eugenie Bouchard after their Wimbledon semifinal.
Simona Halep (right) congratulates Eugenie Bouchard after their Wimbledon semifinal.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic reacts after defeating Lucie Safarova at Wimbledon.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic reacts after defeating Lucie Safarova at Wimbledon.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic plays a forehand return during her win over compatriot Lucie Safarova at Wimbledon.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic plays a forehand return during her win over compatriot Lucie Safarova at Wimbledon.
After a first-set tiebreaker, Petra Kvitova took control in the second set, defeating Lucie Safarova in straight sets.
After a first-set tiebreaker, Petra Kvitova took control in the second set, defeating Lucie Safarova in straight sets.
Lucie Safarova stretches for a baseline forehand shot against Petra Kvitova.
Lucie Safarova stretches for a baseline forehand shot against Petra Kvitova.
It just wasn't Andy Murray's day as the Wimbledon defending champ was bundled out of the tournament in straight sets by Grigor Dimitrov.
It just wasn't Andy Murray's day as the Wimbledon defending champ was bundled out of the tournament in straight sets by Grigor Dimitrov.
Grigor Dimitrov reacts after match-point against Andy Murray.
Grigor Dimitrov reacts after match-point against Andy Murray.
Andy Murray sit dejected with a towel over his head after his Wimbledon title defence ended in the quarterfinals.
Andy Murray sit dejected with a towel over his head after his Wimbledon title defence ended in the quarterfinals.
Novak Djokovic wipes away sweat during a change of ends during his quarterfinal against Marin Cilic.
Novak Djokovic wipes away sweat during a change of ends during his quarterfinal against Marin Cilic.
Eugenie Bouchard serves during her quarterfinal victory over Angelique Kerber.
Eugenie Bouchard serves during her quarterfinal victory over Angelique Kerber.
Simona Halep reeled off the last 11 games in her quarterfinal against Sabine Lisicki to surge into the Wimbledon semifinals.
Simona Halep reeled off the last 11 games in her quarterfinal against Sabine Lisicki to surge into the Wimbledon semifinals.
Sabine Lisicki is at full stretch for a forehand stroke against Simona Halep.
Sabine Lisicki is at full stretch for a forehand stroke against Simona Halep.
Simona Halep acknowledges the crowd after her quarterfinal victory over Sabine Lisicki.
Simona Halep acknowledges the crowd after her quarterfinal victory over Sabine Lisicki.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts to winning the third set tie-break during his men's singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts to winning the third set tie-break during his men's singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia plays a backhand return during his clash with Spain's Rafael Nadal in the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia plays a backhand return during his clash with Spain's Rafael Nadal in the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Australian wildcard Nick Kyrgios reacts during his fourth round singles match with Rafael Nadal.
Australian wildcard Nick Kyrgios reacts during his fourth round singles match with Rafael Nadal.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates after his shock upset victory over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates after his shock upset victory over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia (left) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after defeating him in their men's singles tennis match at Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia (left) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after defeating him in their men's singles tennis match at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer stretches for a forehand during his domination of Tommy Robredo.
Roger Federer stretches for a forehand during his domination of Tommy Robredo.
Milos Raonic is fired up after his Canada Day victory over Kei Nishikori.
Milos Raonic is fired up after his Canada Day victory over Kei Nishikori.
Maria Sharapova saved six match points before eventually falling to Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.
Maria Sharapova saved six match points before eventually falling to Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.
Serena Williams is treated by medical staff before a women's double match with sister Venus (left).
Serena Williams is treated by medical staff before a women's double match with sister Venus (left).
Roger Federer needed just 94 minutes to finish off Tommy Robredo to reach the quarterfinals.
Roger Federer needed just 94 minutes to finish off Tommy Robredo to reach the quarterfinals.
Simona Halep became just the second Romanian, after Virginia Ruzici in 1978 and 1981, to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Simona Halep became just the second Romanian, after Virginia Ruzici in 1978 and 1981, to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning his fourth round singles match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning his fourth round singles match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
Andy Murray of Great Britain shakes hands with Kevin Anderson of South Africa after their fourth round match on day seven at Wimbledon.
Andy Murray of Great Britain shakes hands with Kevin Anderson of South Africa after their fourth round match on day seven at Wimbledon.
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia is dejected after losing her fourth round match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany at Wimbledon.
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia is dejected after losing her fourth round match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany at Wimbledon.
Feliciano Lopez of Spain hits a return to John Isner of the US during their men's singles match at Wimbledon.
Feliciano Lopez of Spain hits a return to John Isner of the US during their men's singles match at Wimbledon.
Sabine Lisicki of Germany reacts after defeating Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at Wimbledon.
Sabine Lisicki of Germany reacts after defeating Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at Wimbledon.
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada hits a forehand return during her fourth round match against Alize Cornet of France.
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada hits a forehand return during her fourth round match against Alize Cornet of France.
Rafa Nadal dropped the first set for the third straight match but rallied to win in four sets.
Rafa Nadal dropped the first set for the third straight match but rallied to win in four sets.
Maria Sharapova plays a forehand volley during her domination of American Alison Riske.
Maria Sharapova plays a forehand volley during her domination of American Alison Riske.
The Wimbledon logo is seen through raindrops at the All England Club.
The Wimbledon logo is seen through raindrops at the All England Club.
Rafa Nadal dries himself off during a changeover in his match against Mikhail Kukushkin.
Rafa Nadal dries himself off during a changeover in his match against Mikhail Kukushkin.
A security guard stands watch as the roof in closed due to rain on Wimbledon's centre court.
A security guard stands watch as the roof in closed due to rain on Wimbledon's centre court.
Spectators shield under umbrellas on the outside courts as rain disrupts play on day six.
Spectators shield under umbrellas on the outside courts as rain disrupts play on day six.
Andy Murray mowed past Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets to reach the last 16.
Andy Murray mowed past Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets to reach the last 16.
Novak Djokovic grimaces in pain after falling on his left shoulder diving for a shot.
Novak Djokovic grimaces in pain after falling on his left shoulder diving for a shot.
Tennis ball bra-wearing Wimbledon fans watch Andy Murray's match at an outdoor viewing area.
Tennis ball bra-wearing Wimbledon fans watch Andy Murray's match at an outdoor viewing area.
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, of the Czech Republic, roars after upsetting No 2 seed Li Na in the third round.
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, of the Czech Republic, roars after upsetting No 2 seed Li Na in the third round.
A Wimbledon line judge in action during a match between Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych.
A Wimbledon line judge in action during a match between Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych.
Grigor Dimitrov reacts after match point in his victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Grigor Dimitrov reacts after match point in his victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Wimbledon centre court as seen from the cheap seats.
Wimbledon centre court as seen from the cheap seats.
Rafa Nadal plays a drop shot during his second round match against Czech Lukas Rosol.
Rafa Nadal plays a drop shot during his second round match against Czech Lukas Rosol.
Serena Williams waits for the result of an appeal against Chanelle Scheepers.
Serena Williams waits for the result of an appeal against Chanelle Scheepers.
Ana Ivanovic blows kisses to the crowd after her victory over China's Zheng Jie.
Ana Ivanovic blows kisses to the crowd after her victory over China's Zheng Jie.
Stanislas Wawrinka takes a seat between points against Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun.
Stanislas Wawrinka takes a seat between points against Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun.
Serena Williams lost just two games in cruising by South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers and into the third round at Wimbledon.
Serena Williams lost just two games in cruising by South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers and into the third round at Wimbledon.
Andy Murray made quick work of Slovenian Blaz Rola in the second round, losing only two games.
Andy Murray made quick work of Slovenian Blaz Rola in the second round, losing only two games.
Petra Kvitova serves during her second round match against Mona Barthel.
Petra Kvitova serves during her second round match against Mona Barthel.
Wimbledon fans peer through a hole in the fence to catch a glimpse of Japan's Misaki Doi and Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.
Wimbledon fans peer through a hole in the fence to catch a glimpse of Japan's Misaki Doi and Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.
Kiwi Steph Jones enjoys some strawberries and cream at the All England Club.
Kiwi Steph Jones enjoys some strawberries and cream at the All England Club.
A tennis umpire checks the height of an outside court at Wimbledon.
A tennis umpire checks the height of an outside court at Wimbledon.
Li Na overcame Austrian Yvonne Meusburger 6-2 6-2 in the second round at Wimbledon.
Li Na overcame Austrian Yvonne Meusburger 6-2 6-2 in the second round at Wimbledon.
Two tennis fans take in the action on day three at Wimbledon.
Two tennis fans take in the action on day three at Wimbledon.
Serena Williams stretches into the splits after she plays a shot during her win over Anna Tatishvili of the US.
Serena Williams stretches into the splits after she plays a shot during her win over Anna Tatishvili of the US.
Rafa Nadal lost the first set but recovered to record his 700th tour win.
Rafa Nadal lost the first set but recovered to record his 700th tour win.
Maria Sharapova acknowledges the crowd after her straight sets victory over British wildcard Samantha Murray.
Maria Sharapova acknowledges the crowd after her straight sets victory over British wildcard Samantha Murray.
Roger Federer showed signs of old as he breezed by Paolo Lorenzi in the first round at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer showed signs of old as he breezed by Paolo Lorenzi in the first round at Wimbledon.
Caroline Wozniacki adjusts her ponytail during her victory over Israel's Shahar Peer.
Caroline Wozniacki adjusts her ponytail during her victory over Israel's Shahar Peer.
Lleyton Hewitt recovered from losing a long tiebreaker in the second set to see off Poland's Michal Przysiezny in four sets.
Lleyton Hewitt recovered from losing a long tiebreaker in the second set to see off Poland's Michal Przysiezny in four sets.
Stanislas Wawrinka stretches for a backhand shot during his first-round straight sets victory over Portugal's Joao Sousa.
Stanislas Wawrinka stretches for a backhand shot during his first-round straight sets victory over Portugal's Joao Sousa.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga slips as he attempts to play a shot in a rain-delayed match against Jurgen Melzer.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga slips as he attempts to play a shot in a rain-delayed match against Jurgen Melzer.
Dominika Cibulkova pumps her fist after overcoming Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak.
Dominika Cibulkova pumps her fist after overcoming Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak.
Fabio Fognini throws his racquet to the turf after losing a point to Alex Kuznetsov.
Fabio Fognini throws his racquet to the turf after losing a point to Alex Kuznetsov.
A tennis fan shelters herself from the rain with a seat cushion on day one.
A tennis fan shelters herself from the rain with a seat cushion on day one.

''Wake up Andy'' - rang out the booming cry of desperation from the crowd.

That plea, and those from 14,999 other centre court fans fell on deaf ears as Andy Murray's 12-month reign as Wimbledon champion was ended by a player who until today had been better known as ''Baby Fed'' or ''Mr Sharapova''.

Grigor Dimitrov stepped out from the shadows of his superstar girlfriend Maria Sharapova as he broke British hearts with a sublime 6-1 7-6(4) 6-2 quarterfinal victory over a rival who had been unbeaten at the All England Club since 2012.

UPSET CITY: Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov reacts after winning match-point against Andy Murray.
UPSET CITY: Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov reacts after winning match-point against Andy Murray.

The third seed had confidently marched into the last eight without dropping a set, but his meek abdication early today left the crowd, which included Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, stunned into silence.

The Scot, who had sparked wild celebrations around the country a year ago when he became the first home-grown men's champion in 77 years, appeared to sleepwalk through a one-sided first set, raised false hopes of a fightback in the second and was simply outclassed in the third.

''He was the better player from start to finish,'' Murray summed up after Dimitrov ended his 17-match winning steak at the All England Club which included an Olympic gold medal.

Such was the quality of the exquisite winners flying off Dimitrov's racket, Murray might have thought he was on the receiving end of a Roger Federer masterclass.

But whereas Dimitrov once revelled in the comparisons with the seven-times Wimbledon champion, and the ''Baby Fed'' tag, he became his own man today by showcasing a breathtaking arsenal of weapons that left Murray down and out.

NOTHING EXTRAORDINARY

Asked if he was taken aback with the manner of his no-nonsense victory, Dimitrov fired back: ''Why would I have to be surprised? There was nothing extraordinary, if I may say so.''

His excitement at becoming the first Bulgarian man to reach the last four of a grand slam was also rather muted. There were no roars, no falling to the knees, no exaggerated fist pumps in the direction of his coach Roger Rasheed.

He simply tilted his head back and blew a kiss to the heavens above and left a deflated Murray to reflect on a day when nothing went his way.

''Today was a bad day. I made many mistakes, unforced errors, and then started going for too much and taking chances that weren't really there,'' Murray said after failing to reach the last four at Wimbledon for the first time since 2008.

''I think I hit maybe one backhand winner the entire match, which isn't normally what I do, especially on this surface.

''Couldn't seem to get my legs in the right place to hit the right shots.''

The legs certainly appeared to be moving through a vat full of treacle for two agonising hours as a sense of disbelief descended over the All England Club.

From 1-1 in the first set, the twice grand slam champion lost five games on the trot and his frustrations were compounded as he allowed Dimitrov to string together 13 spell-binding points without even getting a look-in.

When the set was all over in a mere 25 minutes, with Dimitrov swatting away a smash following a 21-stroke rally, the Bulgarian even held up his racket apologetically.

Realising that their man was in trouble, the crowd abandoned usual Wimbledon etiquette and began to wildly applaud Dimitrov's errors in the second set.

Unfortunately for them, and Murray, those errors were few and far between with Dimitrov's only blip in the eighth game when he allowed Murray to break back and level for 4-4.

When Murray surrendered the tiebreak with a lunging effort into the net from a Dimitrov volley, radio silence set in.

Hopes that he could launch a fightback from two sets down - as he did at the same stage 12 months ago against Fernando Verdasco - never looked likely as he dropped his serve with a double fault in the sixth game, after which he faded away.

A day after one excited British observer noted that Murray ''has been playing a little bit like God'', Dimitrov proved that he was a mere mortal.

Asked if his girlfriend, the 2004 champion, had any tips for him going forward, Dimitrov grinned: ''She says 'win it'. I think that's a good tip.''

BRITISH DOWNER

It's not been a good year for British sport. First England exited the World Cup in unseemly haste, and now defending champion Andy Murray has left Wimbledon almost as fast.

Worse, nobody was much surprised. Murray's match lasted just three sets.

The huge video screen watched by thousands at Wimbledon flashed Twitter comments showing local fans and the rest of the world agreed Murray would lose.

''We're huge Murray fans, but he wasn't playing his best,'' Caroline Sugden of Leicester, England, said after the British champ's defeat.

Prince William and and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, watched from the Royal Box on Centre Court, but Sugden and her daughter left their seats on Court No 1 to join the crowd on ''the Hill'', the epicentre of support for British players in the tournament.

''We've sat here many times and watched him, we've eaten Murray Mints and all the rest to help, but at the end of the day I think he was well beaten today,'' Sugden said.

Lee Williams, a DJ from Reading, England, perched on ''the Hill'' with his wife Claire, a pharmacist, noted that the English invented a lot of the sports in which they have suffered recent defeats.

''We had a good couple of years, with the (2012) Olympics, winning gold, and the year after that winning Wimbledon, so we just take off the rest of this year and there'll be next year,'' Williams said.

There was a logic to that. Murray's exit left no British contenders in the final stages of a tournament that was as English as the strawberries and cream and the Pimm's cup aperitif served there in tanker-load quantities.

''It wasn't like we had this big wealth of players and one of them happened to be the winner,'' said Alastair Sewell, who worked in a church in Scotland and had come down for the day.

''We had Murray, who is good, and everyone knows when he's out, Britain's out.''

Which did not come as entirely bad news to two young women seated on a blanket nearby who declined to give their names, but were quick to say - in a low voice - that they preferred Roger Federer to Murray.

''I don't find him exciting as Federer,'' one of them said.

''Like yesterday, when Federer was playing, I was screaming at the screen.''

There may have been a lot more like her in the crowd, ready to switch allegiances to the durable Swiss, a seven-time Wimbledon champ, who was looking in strong form. DJ Williams was among them.

''I'm looking forward to Federer now,'' he said.

''He's like our surrogate son.''

The slope where the crowds assembled to watch the video screen got its original nickname as ''Henman Hill,'' from the years when Tim Henman was Britain's hope at Wimbledon. Then Murray took over, and it was unofficially re-named ''Murray's Mound'' or ''Murray Mount'' - at least until today.

Reuters