Out of Roger Federer and Marcus Willis, it seems unlikely to think that the player ranked outside the top 700 prior to this tournament would be the one making newspaper front pages but that is exactly what has happened with the story of 25 year old Brit capturing the imagination at this year’s tournament.
Willis had played just one official tournament this year and was contemplating retirement before he earned a wildcard to qualifying. From there he earned impressive victories over highly touted Russians Andrey Rublev and Danil Medvedev to book his spot in the main draw.
A win over a poor Ricardas Berankis in straight sets earned him the biggest payday and the biggest moment of his career – a match on Centre Court against one of the greatest players of all time and a seven time champ at this very event. The numbers in his match signify his rise will probably be unsustainable but that won’t matter at all to Willis at this stage. He faced 20 break points in his straight sets victory yet astonishingly saved 19 of them.
There’s no doubt that Federer will be more efficient on break points and this match will be another that allows him to ease in with tougher matches to come later on in the tournament. The 7-6 7-6 6-3 win over Guido Pella was a closer straight sets win than expected but he was comfortable on serve, losing just 15 points and not facing a single break point.
Prediction – Roger Federer in straight sets