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Fans left distraught as Murray bows out of Wimbledon

By Alex Diaz

Andy Murray crashed out of Wimbledon yesterday - leaving his family, star fans and a nation distraught.

He was no match for seven-time winner Roger Federer, who dispatched the crowd's darling in three sets.

Murray's wife Kim Sears and mother Judy looked desperate at times in the players' box, while a host of showbiz, sport and fashion stars watched on from the royal box.

Federer, who will face reigning champion Novak Djokovic tomorrow, said: "I'm unbelievably happy, I couldn't show it as much because the crowd went silent a little bit.

Earlier, stewards temporarily closed Murray Mound for health and safety reasons as hundreds of fans waited to get on the grass.

Actress Sienna Miller, 12 Years A Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and Game Of Thrones star Charles Dance were among those who joined the Duke of York and the Duchess of Kent in the royal box.

Murray fan Sir Alex Ferguson and ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry also watched on.

Dame Shirley Bassey and Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour brought some glitz and glamour to the exclusive Centre Court box.

A disappointed Murray told reporters that losing at Wimbledon is tougher than anywhere else.

He said: "I feel like this is my best chance to win a slam. When I play here, I feel like it's my best surface. I played consistently well here throughout my career. So it's tough in that aspect."

Wimbledon action, pages 51-55

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