Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, right, shakes hands with defending champion Andy Murray of Britain after defeating him in their quarterfinal match at
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, right, shakes hands with defending champion Andy Murray of Britain after defeating him in their quarterfinal match at Wimbledon. AP PHOTO

Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

LONDON (AP) -- Andy Murray's reign as Wimbledon champion ended Wednesday with a straight-set loss in the quarterfinals to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov, making his breakthrough after years of being touted as the game's next top player.

Dimitrov completely outplayed Murray on Centre Court, winning 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal.

The 11th-seeded Dimitrov broke Murray five times, including in the final game, to become the first Bulgarian man to advance to the final four of a major. It was his first victory over a top 10 player at a Grand Slam.

Murray last year became the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years. He came into the quarterfinals riding a 17-match winning streak at the All England Club and had not dropped a set this tournament.

Simona Halep of Romania and Eugenie Bouchard of Canada will meet for a place in the Wimbledon final after winning quarterfinal matches in straight sets Wednesday.

The third-seeded Halep, down 4-1 in the first set, won 11 games in a row to beat 2013 finalist Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-4, 6-0 in 57 minutes on Centre Court.

The 13th-seeded Bouchard defeated No. 9 Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals at a third consecutive Grand Slam.

"I'm just excited to be in the semis again and I want to go one step further for sure," Bouchard said.

Halep, runner-up at the French Open, is the first Romanian woman to get this far at the All England Club since the Open era began in 1968.


Advertisement

Bouchard, who hasn't dropped a set in five matches, is the first Canadian woman to reach the Wimbledon semifinals.

Their progress to the final four has underlined the rise of a new crop of players in the women's game. Former champions Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova are all out of the tournament.

"I think it's a normal evolution of things as the great champions get a bit older the new ones start coming in I think it's a really exciting time for women's tennis," said the 20-year-old Bouchard, who will break into the top 10 in the rankings next week.

Halep and Bouchard are both 15-2 in Grand Slam matches this year.

The other semifinal is an all-Czech matchup between 2011 champion Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova.