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Dimitrov warns Murray it's going to get hostile

ESPN staff
July 1, 2014
Dimitrov defeated Leanardo Mayer in straight sets on Monday © Getty Images

Grigor Dimitrov has promised to throw everything he has at Andy Murray when the pair meet in the Wimbledon quarter finals on Wednesday.

The No.11 seed equalled his best ever performance at a Grand Slam when he beat Leonardo Mayer to make it through to the last eight at SW19 and has vowed to play "aggressive" tennis against the reigning champion.

"My job is not over yet and I don't want to stop here," Dimitrov said. "I want there to be a lot more first times for me, getting to this stage. I know that Wimbledon and Centre Court is Murray's home but I am not going to step back. I am going to come out with my big game and play aggressive tennis."

Dimitrov was taken to five sets by Alexandr Dolgopolov in the third round, but has looked impressive during his march to the quarter-finals. The Bulgarian has already beaten Murray this year in Mexico, in a match that finished at 2.30am.

That victory and his triumph at Queen's in the run-up to Wimbledon has given Dimitrov the belief that he can defeat Murray and even go on to lift the coveted men's singles trophy on Sunday.

"Of course, I want to win the whole event," Dimitrov said. "That is the whole point of competing. Playing Andy is not easy but he is not a new opponent for me. [Beating him] was one of the best matches for me this year so far.

"I have just got to go out and perform. I am just so excited to be in the Wimbledon quarter final.

"I take a lot of confidence from Queen's. I'm expecting to raise my levels in the next match."

Dimitrov, who was once dubbed "Baby Fed" and is a former Junior Wimbledon champion, is already the most successful Bulgarian men's player of all time. Now he is aiming to live up to his billing by winning the biggest prize of all.

"It's been a good first week for me but I've come here to win the tournament," he said.

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