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Wimbledon: Defending champion Andy Murray ousted in straight sets

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

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Andy Murray is out at Wimbledon. (Getty Images)

Andy Murray's run at his second consecutuve Wimbledon title is over. And it ended quite unceremoniously.

Grigor Dimitrov made quick work of Murray, ousting the defending champion in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6, 6-2.

Murray seemed out of sorts for the majority of the match, much to the dismay of British royalty, apparently.

The match began with Murray riding an 18-set winning streak, but Dimitrov set the tone early and Murray simply couldn't recover. But after getting blasted in the first set, Murray was able to at least threaten to win the second.

Murray got the crowd into it winning a 31-shot rally, but he would go on to lose the set, then the match.

Dimitrov will face Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. This is the deepest Dimitrov has ever been in a Grand Slam tournament.

Djokovic survives

Novak Djokovic got a scare from Marin Cilic, but the top seed was able to move on, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.

"It was a tough five-setter," Djokovic told ESPN following the match. "I knew that Marin was going to play aggressive and I had a couple of chances to break him early in the second and I played a couple of bad games and he shifted the momentum. It was an even match. In the last two, I regained the control and I started to hit through the ball and serving well."

Djokovic moves on to face Grigor Dimitrov, who he called the player to beat, in the semifinals. It will be Djokovic's five straight appearance in the Wimbledon semis.

Raonic ends Kyrgios' run

Just a day after upsetting Rafael Nadal on Centre Court, 19-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios gave No. 8 seed Milos Raonic a run for his money. But Raonic ended up being too strong, winning 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6.

"It hasn't really sunk in," Raonic said following the match. "It's great to have that kind of win, especially at a tournament I've always wanted to play well in. It's another step forward. The goal is to be the best player in the world. This is one of those steps you have to take."

It was a big step for Kyrgios, too, who prior to this week hadn't gotten past the second round of a Grand Slam tournament in his young career. Kyrgios certainly appears capable of becoming the next big thing in men's tennis.

But the day belonged to Raonic, who says he will "relish" the opportunity to face Roger Federer in the semifinals. The Canadian is in search of his first appearance in a Grand Slam final.

Federer beats Wawrinka

Roger Federer appears to be rounding back into championship form, as he beat Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.

"I'm just really pleased I'm back strong here at Wimbledon," Federer said afterwards. "Last year I didn't even come close so I was very deflated."

Wawrinka took the first set, but appeared to be suffering from some sort of ailment. He was seen retching into a towel between points, and he was seen a few times by the on-court medical team. Obviously he was able to finish the match without any major incident, so perhaps it was just the heat getting to him a bit.

Federer is in search of his first Grand Slam championship since 2012, a near-eternity in his terms. He will face Milos Raonic in the semis.

Women's quarters

French Open runner-up Simona Halep reached the Wimbledon semifinals with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Sabine Lisicki of Germany on Wednesday at London.

The third-seeded Romanian won the final 11 games and next faces Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, who beat No. 9 Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 6-4, a day after Kerber upset fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova.

Halep needed only 57 minutes to advance after trailing, thanks to 20 unforced errors by Lisicki, the 19th seed.

 
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