Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov outplayed Andy Murray on Centre Court to end the Briton’s Wimbledon title defence.
Dimitrov, 23, played superbly to win 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in two hours and one minute and reach his first Grand Slam semi-final.
Murray had been on a 17-match winning streak at Wimbledon and was looking to reach his sixth consecutive semi-final.
However, Dimitrov’s big serve, variety of shots and athletic defence proved too much for Murray.
The atmosphere on Centre Court was in marked contrast to 12 months ago, when 15,000 thrilled spectators watched Murray become the first Briton since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the men’s singles.
In the year that followed, Murray had back surgery in September and lost the services of coach Ivan Lendl in March, with Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo stepping into the role on the eve of Wimbledon.