Wimbledon 2014: Andy Murray v Grigor Dimitrov match preview

A look ahead to the quarter-final match in the men's singles

Yet to drop a set at this year’s championship, Murray is playing with effortless class racing through his encounters without a hitch. Such proficiency allows Brits to once again dream, that he will go all the way, and retain his Wimbledon crown.

Dimitrov will be looking to end Murray’s superb run in order to go one step further than his girlfriend (Maria Sharapova). The 23-year-old Bulgarian prodigy has recently come off an impressive ATP title at Queen’s.

En route to the quarters Dimitrov has only dropped two sets to Murray’s zero, meaning that the two heavy weights will be at their peak fitness, which could prove pivotal as Murray’s previous opponents have been somewhat fatigued coming out of five set encounters prior to their match with the Brit.

There is no doubt that female influence will also play an important factor in the match up, as Sharapova has strengthened Dimitrov’s mentality, and Murray’s new coach Amelie Mauresmo has calmed down Murray’s game, making him a more clinical player.

The winner will meet Novak Djokovic or Marin Cilic next in the semi-final.

START: Wednesday, Centre Court, Second match of the day

PAST MEETINGS:

2014- Acapulco (Hard) Dimitrov won 4-6 7-5 7-6

2013-Miami (Hard) Murray won 7-6 6-3

2013- Brisbane (Hard) Murray won 7-6, 6-4

2011- Bangkok (Hard) Murray won 6-4, 604

STATS:

Murray’s prize money equals $31, 530, 210 while for Dimitrov that sum is approximately 10 times smaller ($3,269,155)

The Brit has won 28 career titles while Dimitrov has only four.

Murray has the most break points won so far in the tournament with 24, compared to Dimitrov’s fifth place 16.

ODDS:

Dimitrov to win 4.1

Murray to win 1.31

TV:  BBC 1 (second on Centre Court)

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