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Wimbledon: Halep, Djokovic and Federer advance, Murray out

Wimbledon: Halep, Djokovic and Federer advance, Murray out

Simona Halep of Romania plays a return to Sabine Lisicki of Germany during their women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Photo: clipart.com/AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin

WIMBLEDON-DAY 9

Murray bounced from Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray, the defending champion at Wimbledon, has been knocked out in the quarterfinals by 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, 6-1, 7-6, 6-2. His previous best finish at Wimbledon was the second round in 2011, 12 and 13.

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.

Up next for Dimitroe is Novak Djokovic, who reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the fifth consecutive year, coming back to beat 26th-seeded Marin Cilic 6-1, 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. The top-seeded Djokovic, the 2011 champion and 2013 runner-up at the All England Club, has reached at least the semifinals at 16 of his past 17 Grand Slam tournaments. Lifetime he is 10-0 against Cilic, who was in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time.

Seven-time former champ Roger Federer has reached the semifinals. He disposed of Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. Federer’s first set loss was the first he dropped in this tournament. Federer, who lost in the second round last year, will play Canadian Milos Raonic in the semis. He advanced by beating Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios. He’s the young man who beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round.

The women’s semifinals are set at Wimbledon. Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard advanced with straight set wins and join Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova in the final four. Halep qualified with a 6-4, 6-0 win in 57 minutes over Sabine Lisicki while Bouchard disposed of Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4. Halep and Bouchard will square off in one of the semis with Kvitova and Safarova in the other.

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