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How The Match Was Won: Andy Murray v Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov raises his arms in triumph on Centre Court
by Alix Ramsay
Wednesday 2 July 2014

The key components of Grigor Dimitrov's 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-2 victory over Andy Murray

A bold start: Life looked good for Andy Murray as he got to work. He had a break point in Dimitrov’s opening service game and the crowd sensed they were in for a good afternoon. And then Muzz fluffed a forehand, the chance went begging and from 1-1 in that first set, everything started to go downhill for the Scot. By contrast, Dimitrov hit the ground running and never looked back. He was fired up, hitting his spots and his targets and he was ready for battle from the very first ball. Murray spent the rest of the afternoon eating Dimitrov’s dust.

Movement: Even though Dimitrov was skidding across the dust behind the baseline, he was still able to turn on a sixpence, change direction in a nano-second and chase down anything and everything. There was no place that Murray could find to put the ball that the Bulgarian would not find it, wallop it and, usually, put it away for a winner. On the other side of the net, Murray could not get his feet sorted out. “I couldn't seem to get my legs in the right place to hit the right shots all the time,” Murray said sadly.

Backhand: Murray forgot to bring his with him; Dimitrov’s was firing on all cylinders.

Unforced errors: Murray made a lot of them; Dimitrov didn’t. Simples.

The magical extra 1 percent: “It's a high‑skill sport,” Murray said. “So if your timing is slightly off, that can make a huge difference. You can wake up and the ball doesn't feel as good on the racket as it did two days beforehand. That's just the way this sport is. That's one of the things that makes it extremely challenging. It's one of the things I enjoy about it. You never know how you're going to feel when you wake up.” Dimitrov clearly woke up feeling like this was his moment, this was his year to have a real shot at the title. Murray woke up and felt like his shoelaces were tied together and his tactical brain had turned to scrambled egg.

Grigor Dimitrov's path to the semi-final

First round: beats Ryan Harrison 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-2

Second round: beats Luke Saville 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Third round: beats Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7(3), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Fourth round: beats Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-2.

Quarter-final: beats Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-2

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