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Andy Murray crashes out of Wimbledon

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Andy Murray's disappointing Wimbledon campaign capped a fairly poor summer for British sport with a 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 loss to 11th seed Grigor Dimtrov.

The Scot was looking to defend his 2013 Wimbledon title, being the first Briton to win the tournament since Fred Perry in 1936.

Only four men in the open era had won consecutive titles - Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer - but Murray couldn't manage it and crashed out in the quarter-final.

In March the Scot lost his coach Ivan Lendl and left it until the day before the tournament to announce Amelie Mauresmo as the Czech's replacement.

The 27-year-old was going into this year's tournament on a good run of form with 17 wins in a row at Wimbledon and five consecutive semi-final finishes.

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Murray won his first four rounds at the tournament in straight sets but met his match in the quarter-finals as he came up against Dimitrov.

The Bulgarian had an incredible build up to the tournament becoming the first player of the year to win titles on three different surfaces.

The match

Murray and Dimitrov faced off on a sun baked Centre Court, the Scot struggled from the off and the 23-year-old's aggressive style forced Murray back to the baseline.

Dimitrov's athletic game was no match for Murray and he served out the set in 25 minutes.

The Scot was being pushed and pulled all over the court by Dimitrov's shots and the pressure told with Murray 3-3 in the second set having committed 18 errors to his opponent's five.

Murray looked drained but held on to win a 31-stroke rally. The Scot was able to force Dimitrov to a tie-break but the Bulgarian again wore Murray down to take the second set 7-6 (7-4).

The match seemed all but over by the start of the third set, two double faults helped Dimitrov on his way and he was guaranteed the victory when Murray smashed a forehand shot into the net.

Speaking afterwards, Murray said: "I started the match badly and I think that gave him confidence.

"I should have done a better job at the beginning of the match of making it tougher for him, and I didn't manage to do that."

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