Dimitrov beaten at Queen’s

Published: Thursday 18th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Defending champion Grigor Dimitrov slumped out of the Aegon Championships with a whimper in a straight-sets defeat to Gilles Muller.

Dimitrov passed up the chance at a potential quarter-final battle with Andy Murray, where the Scot would have eyed revenge for the Bulgarian ending his Wimbledon title defence last summer.

Murray has been denied the chance to exact summary justice over Dimitrov in what would have proved a first meeting on grass since that quarter-final at SW19.

Luxembourg’s Muller pulled off a coup to delight British coach Jamie Delgado, however, progressing 6-4 7-6 (7/5).

Now the 32-year-old can expect to take on Murray in the quarter-finals, provided the two-time grand slam champion sees off Fernando Verdasco in his second round clash.

Muller has met Murray three times in all and lost on all three occasions, only ever taking one set off the Scot.

For Dimitrov it is back to the drawing board, the 24-year-old hailing a special feeling at Queen’s, aiming to “own the court” in the defence of his title.

He did anything but dominate against Muller and slipped out in just one hour and 15 minutes.

Dimitrov was sloppy from the outset, errant on banker shots where he had both time and position to bury points.

Pride, if anything, allowed the man from the Black Sea to keep the first set on serve to four games apiece; but then he cracked.

Muller eased through his service game, heaping the pressure on Dimitrov to keep the set alive. He could not.

Suddenly the reigning champion’s title was well and truly on the line.

Dimitrov’s form was just as patchy in the second set as the first, though he saved a break point when trailing 2-1.

The world number 11 ground the set to a tie-break but by this point Muller was not to be denied, and duly set up that potential last-eight tussle with Murray.

Published: Thursday 18th June 2015 by The News Editor

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