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Wimbledon: Kate Middleton, Prince William Watch Andy Murray Lose

The Hollywood Reporter

LONDON &ndash Defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray on Wednesday was knocked out of the tournament via a quarterfinal loss to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.

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> Even with Kate Middleton and Prince William cheering him on, the Scottish tennis star lost in straight sets 1-6, 6-7, 2-6.

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> The cameras at times showed the royals' faces grimacing in shock, with tweets by fans pointing out that especially the prince's reactions told the whole story of Murray's loss.&lrm

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The match also attracted much social media commentary from fans, with some referencing a September independence referendum in Scotland and how British tennis fans have so far often been united in their support for Murray.

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> Said one Twitter user: "Scotland are welcome to their independence now and can take Andy Murray." And another one tweeted: "A year after Britain's Andy Murray wins Wimbledon, Scotland's Andy Murray crashes out in the quarters."

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> Murray's loss is likely to affect the BBC's ratings for the famous tennis tournament in Southwest London. Last year, Murray's final win over Novak D&lrmjokovic averaged 12.1 million viewers. The game hit the second-highest peak rating ever for Wimbledon coverage on the BBC with 17.29 million people.

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> "I need to go away and make a lot of improvements," Murray said after the game. "I've played poorly, I need to get in better shape. The younger guys are improving."

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> Email: Georg.Szalai@THR.com

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