A highly antipicated day in the tennis quarter-finals as there were some potentially stunning match-ups and by producing another shock result, Wimbledon 2014 endeared itself to the true-underdog supporter. With 19 year-old Nick Kyrgios knocking Rafa Nadal out in the previous round, a shock was bound to happen in this the subsequent rounds and Murray v Dimitrov provided it as the Scot was beaten in straight sets as he slipped to his lowest ranking in 6 years.
However, tennis can be a cruel sport and Andy Murray simply didn't turn up and he was punished brutally by the powerful Bulgarian. There were some other interesting match-ups too that produced a thrill or two and were equally classic-inducing tennis matches. One thing was for sure, Wimbledon 2014 has proved that tennis is more than an able substitute for World Cup action.
Unfancied Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov had already caused a stir or two in the tournament but there was next to no hope that he would not only defeat one of the favourites for the tournament but completelt obliterate him in straight sets. It was an incredible performance from Dimitrov and Murray had no answer to the power of his serve of his devastating winners when pushed back to the service line.
It was a devastating blow for Murray but it's arguable that as good as Dimitrov was, Murray was equally as bad. It'll now be interesting to see how quickly Murray can recover from the blow of this and it'll be equally interesting to see if Dimitrov can carry this performance forward in his meeting with Novak Djokovic.
For a defending Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray put up quite a limp defence against the unfancied Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. It was like a man against a boy in the end and the the straight set victory did not flatter Dimitrov at all.
In fact, if the match had carried on, there was no way that I could see Murray recovering from such a deficit and the crowd sensed that too as all too often there were noises and groans of audible disappointment at every Murray mistake from the Wimbledon faithful.
It made for painful viewing as Murray was ruthlessly dispatched and with his self-belief, his chances of Wimbledon glory too were sent by the wayside as he failed to recover from a first-set hiding in which Dimitrov was utterly and totally dominant.
Novak Djokovic and Mario Cilic served up a thrilling match in which both players took the lead before Djokovic was finally able to keep Cilic at bay for the remaining two sets. However, it was closer than predicted for the Serb as he looks to re-capture the title he last won in 2011.
The first set was as straightforward as it gets these days for Djokovic as he ruthlessly tore Cilic apart 6-1. However, Cilic began to quietly and quickly assert his authority over the following two sets as he first drew level and then took the lead in sets 3-6 6-7 winning a tie-break in the latter. The remaining two sets however were comfortably won by Djokovic 6-2 6-2 as Cilic simply ran out of steam and looked a shadow of the player who had rattled Djokovic in sets 2 and 3.
The Big Four of tennis, similar to the so called Big Four of football, continually dominate tennis and rightly so because they are the best around. People want to see them play because generally they serve up the best tennis and the greatest entertainment that the paying public could pay for.
While there is always support for the underdog, there is a tendancy for any match-up between two underdogs to become slightly edgy and thus not as intense and nail biting as those between the top players. With 2 of the remaining so called Big Four remaining in Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, the hope is that these two meet in the final as they would undoubtedly produce a magical final due to what is at stake.
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