Wimbledon: Murray dethroned as youthful uprising continues
The mayhem created by an Australian firecracker at Wimbledon earlier this week was continued in brutal fashion by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday as he annihilated defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
With the dust still settling on 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios's fourth-round demolition of world No.1 Rafael Nadal, Dimitrov caused the second seismic shock on Center Court in the space of 24 hours by outclassing Murray 6-1 7-6(4) 6-2.
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria reacts during his men's singles quarter-final tennis match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 2, 2014. Photo: Reuters
The Briton's shattering defeat means that two of the so-called Big Four in men's tennis have departed in quick succession from the grasscourt grand slam, both walloped by members of a brash new generation of big hitters with no fear and scant regard for reputations.
"Everyone's starting to get better," a downbeat Murray said. "The younger guys are now obviously becoming more mature and improving all the time."
Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his men's singles quarter-final tennis match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 2, 2014. Photo: Reuters
Prince William (R), the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, sit in the Royal Box on Centre Court as they attend the men's singles quarter-final match between Britain's Andy Murray and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov on day nine of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2014. Photo: AFP
It's one thing surrendering your crown, but to suffer such a remorseless beating on your own turf in front of Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, was especially galling.
The Duchess of Cambridge definitely wasn't shy about how she felt as she watched Murray fight a battle he couldn't win.
Yet Murray said: "It's not the toughest loss of my career; that was losing in the final here in 2012 (against Roger Federer).
"I've had a good run here at Wimbledon over the past few years. Obviously it's disappointing for it to end like that."
Novak Djokovic, the man Murray beat a year ago to end Britain's 77-year wait for a men's Wimbledon champion, nearly went the same way before restoring order by digging himself out of a hole to beat dangerous Croatian Marin Cilic 6-1 3-6 6-7(4) 6-2 6-2 and set up a clash with Dimitrov.
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