Andy Murray rues "bad start"

Defending champion Andy Murray believes that a "bad start" was a major contributing factor in his exiting Wimbledon.

Andy Murray has admitted that he did not start well enough during his Wimbledon quarter-final with Grigor Dimitrov this afternoon.

The defending champion lost the opening set 6-1 in just 26 minutes and failed to recover from that point as he dropped the next two sets to his Bulgarian opponent 7-6(4) 6-2.

Upon exiting his home Grand Slam, a defeated Murray told BBC Sport: "I'm very disappointed with the way I started. I felt that gave him confidence at the beginning. It's a lot easier to settle down when you're two sets up. It wasn't a great day.

"I felt fine in the warm-up but got off to a bad start, that was the disappointing part. It wasn't good enough. There is time to come back, but I didn't take my opportunity in the second set. He played a very solid match, making few mistakes and a lot of returns. All the percentages were in his favour. I just wish I'd made it tougher for him."

Murray last missed out on a place in the semi-finals at SW19 back in 2008.

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov reacts to winning the first set against Britain's Andy Murray during their men's singles quarter-final match on day nine of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July
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