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Judy Murray denies Andy meltdown at Wimbledon

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Murray came unstuck dramatically against Dimitrov (©GettyImages)
Murray came unstuck dramatically against Dimitrov (©GettyImages).

Andy Murray's crushing quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon - which ended the defence of his crown - has been attributed to a number of off-court problems, but Andy's mother Judy has laughed away those rumours.

The British No.1 was tipped to repeat his 2013 heroics at SW19 after a lightening quick start to the Championships, but highly-rated up-and-comer Grigor Dimitrov dethroned Murray in an astonishing display on Centre Court.

Dimitrov, a good friend of the Briton, reached his first ever Grand Slam semi-final after triumphing 6-1 7-6 6-2 as it appeared his favoured opponent lost the plot slightly.

Expletives

The clearly irritated two-time major winner was seen on cameras to shout expletives at his coaching team and players box.

At one stage he shouted towards his team: ‘shut the f**** up’, and another rant towards the players box was presumed to have said: ‘five minutes before the f****** match’.

Guesses and rumours started circulating as to the source of the anger, with some suggesting an argument with his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears and others predicting a fall-out with new coach Amelie Mauresmo.

Dimitrov himself, the boyfriend of female tennis superstar Maria Sharapova, fueled debate when he revealed after the match that his friend Murray didn't seem quite right in the warm-up.

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He said: "It’s just a feeling. I have practised quite a few times with him and I know how he is striking the ball when he is at his best," the 23-year-old said before his semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic

"I know how he is playing when he is not at his best. I felt something was a little different and I just had to go with the flow."

Rumours denied

However, Judy Murray, who also captains Great Britain's Fed Cup team, has ridiculed any suggestions of a personal meltdown for her son who was just had a normal off-day.

"I had to giggle at some of the things that people were dreaming up to blame for the defeat," the 54-year-old said in her column for BT Sport.

"Most of them suggested a female was at fault... including Maggie the dog. But he had a bad day. It happens. You’ve got to move on."

Murray now has plenty of time to relax following back-to-back Grand Slams, the former coming at the French Open where the 27-year-old equaled his best-ever showing - a semi-final finish - at Roland Garros before eventual champion - for the ninth time in Paris - Rafael Nadal destroyed him. 

His mother revealed that he and Sears will spend some time at home together before the hard court season begins in North America.

Rankings slip

Murray will have some work to do to revive his world ranking which has seen him fall to no.10 in the world, his worst position for quite some time - well off his previous best of second.

However, the Scot has a decent record on the hard surface. His first Grand Slam success came at the US Open in 2012 following a run of four final defeats across the tour. He has an 80% win record at Flushing Meadows but competition will be tough again.

Wimbledon winner Djokovic has returned to world no.1 and will therefore be favourite, but his great rival Nadal will be keen for revenge, as will Roger Federer after the Swiss veteran failed at SW19. Furthermore, Wimbledon surprise packages like Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and Nick Kyrgios will look to consolidate their progress.

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