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Tennis: Four pairs of shoes, one big slip-up for Dimitrov

Published on Jul 5, 2014 6:12 AM
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria hits a return during his men's singles semi-final tennis match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London on July 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Grigor Dimitrov admitted Friday that even changing his shoes four times didn't change his luck as he fell, slid and slipped to a Wimbledon semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic.

The 23-year-old Bulgarian lost his footing on countless occasions on Centre Court's bone-dry, grassless baselines in his battling 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7) loss to the top seed.

It forced him to constantly dip into his bag for a different pair of shoes - at one stage, he had four pairs lined up in front of his chair.

"I lost count. I had four pairs with me, five, six. Oh, good God. I don't know. I think throughout the whole tournament I changed maybe ten pairs. I think today was maybe four," said the 11th seed who was watched from his players box by girlfriend Maria Sharapova.

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