Federer Ends Willis' Dream Run
The Swiss star looks ready to try and win an 8th Wimbledon title
The improbable run of British qualifier Marcus Willis through the draw at Wimbledon has drawn parallels to the rom-com movie bearing the tournament's name, but Roger Federer ensured Willis' Centre Court debut didn’t have a Hollywood ending on Wednesday. The No. 3 seed didn’t give the pro-Willis crowd a chance to get fully involved as he convincingly prevailed, 6-0, 6-3, 6-4.
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"I thought Marcus brought some unbelievable energy to the match with the crowd and his play. It was very refreshing to play someone like this,” said Federer. “I knew it was going to be a different match than anything I’d ever played before at Wimbledon. It was a pleasure for me to play against him.”
Federer quickly picked up on Willis’ vintage grass-court game that included plenty of slices and timely trips to the net, shutting out his opponent in the first set. Serving at 0-1 in the second set, Willis got on the board with a forehand winner and wryly raised his arms in celebration as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
Although Willis began to impose himself more in the baseline rallies, Federer grabbed the lone break of the set to lead 4-2 and eventually took a commanding two-sets lead. The seven-time champion broke Willis to love at 4-4 in the third set and wrapped up the match in the next game after one hour and 24 minutes of play.
Federer was nearly flawless throughout the match, hitting nine aces and no double faults, while also striking 37 winners to 14 errors. He also enjoyed great success with his volleys, converting on 29 of 40 net points.
Despite the loss, Willis is projected to move from No. 772 to around No. 425 in the Emirates ATP Rankings when the newest standings are released. His £50,000 pay day for reaching the second round will also go a long way towards bringing him back to the tour on a full-time basis.
Federer moves into the third round at Wimbledon for the 14th time. Next up for him is the winner of the match between No. 30 seed Alexandr Dologopolov of Ukraine and Daniel Evans of Great Britain. Federer hasn't played Evans before, leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head with Dologpolov 3-0, including a straight-sets victory in the second round of this year’s Australian Open.