Photo: Paul ZimmerAndy Murray (GBR)
There is a sense that there is a changing of the guard at this year’s Wimbledon as younger players emerge as genuine contenders to win a first major.
Nowhere was this more true than in the match-up between defending champion Andy Murray and 23-year-old Grigor Dimitrov.
The charismatic Bulgarian outplayed his British opponent to win 61 76(4) 62 to claim a place in a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time in his burgeoning career and despite saying how happy he was he remains focussed on the job in hand.
“The tournament continues for me,” explained Dimitrov. “I just need to be as composed as possible, as humble as possible. It's just a good stage for me to be in. I'm happy to be on that semifinal. Hopefully there's two more to go for me.”
If Dimitrov is to reach back-to-back grass court finals (he also won Queen’s prior to playing at Wimbledon), he must overcome another huge test against No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
The Serbian battled through a tough match against Marin Cilic 61 36 67(4) 62 62 to advance to a fifth straight Wimbledon semifinal and he explained how he had to dig deep to win this one.
Djokovic said: “When you're two-sets-to-one down, playing quarters of Grand Slams, it gets very emotional. You're fighting on the court as much as your opponent, and you try to just mentally be strong and find that inner strength that can help you in those particular moments. That's what helped me.”
On the other side of the draw, seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer came back from one set down to defeat his friend and countryman Stan Wawrinka 36 76(5) 64 64 to book his place in a staggering ninth semifinal at the All England Club.
Whenever the Swiss has made it to the last four at Wimbledon he has always gone on to reach the final. The man tasked with stopping that particular run this year is Canada’s Milos Raonic, who put an end to Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios’ hopes of reaching the semifinals with a 67(4) 62 64 76(4) victory on Wednesday.
In the women’s draw, the delayed quarterfinal matches from the top half of the draw took place, with Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep making it through to the last four at the expense of Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki respectively.
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