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Dimitrov sets up glory shot in last eight

By Nick Purewal

Grigor Dimitrov booked a Wimbledon quarter-final date with defending champion Andy Murray by dismissing Leonardo Mayer in straight sets.

Number 11 seed Dimitrov secured the last-eight glamour tie that has had neutrals purring ever since the Bulgarian lifted the coveted Queen's Club title two weeks ago.

Dimitrov tied up his second grand slam quarter-final of the season and his career with a 6-4 7-6 (8/6) 6-2 victory over world number 64 Mayer.

It extended his grass-court streak to nine wins, easing into the quarter-finals after his first career match against Argentinian Mayer.

He said: "It's pretty tricky out there. My movement was pretty good but there were still spots which were slippery and the balls weren't bouncing great but it is what it is and you have to take it.

"Luckily we were only away for 45 minutes, which isn't enough time to cool down, it was long enough to get some food and think about what I needed to do better and chat to my coach and it was enough for me.

"My quarter-final match is something I have been waiting for for a very long time. I think my hard work is paying off, and I am really excited to be playing on centre court."

The stylish 23-year-old had paraded past Ryan Harrison and Luke Saville into the third round, where big-serving Alexandr Dolgopolov took him to five sets.

Dimitrov swatted Mayer aside, however, to clinch a last-eight shot at two-time grand slam winner Murray.

Mayer pushed Dimitrov into a second-set tie-break, but the increasingly obdurate Bulgarian fended off that challenge with little issue.

Rain delays left the contest somewhat disrupted, but not even the breaks could knock Dimitrov off his stride.

Meanwhile, Stan Wawrinka has hit out at Wimbledon bosses for handing him five matches in seven days to achieve his title dream.

The Swiss number five seed vowed to plough through his "tough" fixture pile-up after beating Denis Istomin 6-3 6-3 6-4 in yesterday's rearranged third-round clash.

Wawrinka's match with Istomin fell foul of Saturday's rain delays, but the 29-year-old believes tournament organisers could have prioritised the clash over doubles or juniors contests and made a court available.

"For sure I was disappointed," he said of Saturday's postponement. "If you look for this week, we have to play three matches in three days.

"Three five-set matches is terrible for the body.

"I was expecting them to move matches, move maybe juniors or doubles, to make my match or Isner-Lopez first on when they started again at 5pm on Saturday.

"They said they couldn't put us on an outside court because of safety issues, so then you just have to accept it. You cannot do anything, you just follow.

"They just say what's going to be the schedule and that's it.

"Even if you want to talk to them, they're not going to change anything.

"They don't listen to the player: they just do what they think is good for them."

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