Wimbledon, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – World No. 13 Grigor Dimitrov ended defending champion Andy Murray’s Wimbledon reign with a 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-2 victory Wednesday to advance to his first Grand Slam semifinals.
“I’m excited and happy I went through in straight sets,” said Dimitrov, who will become the first Bulgarian to break into the top 10 of the ATP rankings. “It’s never easy to play Andy, especially in front of his home crowd. I was pretty fortunate today.”
Playing in his first Wimbledon quarterfinal, Dimitrov made a fast start as he raced into a 5-1 lead before sealing the first set in 25 minutes.
After a tough second set, Dimitrov got two breaks in the third set as he finished the match in just over two hours.
For a spot in the finals, Dimitrov will take on top seed Novak Djokovic, who defeated No. 26 seed Marin Cilic, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-2, in three hours and 18 minutes.
Djokovic, who captured the 2011 Wimbledon title, improved to a 34-5 record.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer advanced to his 35th Grand Slam semifinal after beating fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4.
Federer will face eighth seed Milos Raonic, who advanced to his first Grand Slam championship semifinal by beating Rafael Nadal’s conqueror, wild card Nick Kyrgios, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(4) in two hours and 24 minutes.
Raonic is the first Canadian to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since William Johnston at the 1923 US Championships.
On the women’s side, Simona Halep defeated Sabine Lisicki, 6-4, 6-0, to advance to the semifinal against Eugenie Bouchard, who reached her third straight Grand Slam semifinal with a 6-3, 6-4 upset win over Angelique Kerber.
The other semifinal will pit sixth seed Petra Kvitova against Lucie Safarova.