Federer beats British qualifier Willis in straight sets
Roger Federer was not about to let this feel-good story spoil his own Wimbledon.
The seven-time champion perhaps the greatest player of all time showed little mercy yesterday against Marcus Willis, a 772nd-ranked British qualifier who had never won a tour-level match until this week and has captivated the home nation with his improbable run.
Putting aside sentimentality and ignoring the carnival-like atmosphere, Federer won the first seven games and sailed to a 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 victory in a second-round match played under the Centre Court roof on another rainy day at the All England Club.
While Willis savoured the moment smiling, laughing, and playing to the raucous crowd throughout the match there was never much doubt about the outcome.
Willis made the most of his time on the most famous stage in the sport. He celebrated winners by spreading his arms wide, holding up a fist or gesturing to his friends and family.
Willis did give Federer some trouble with his unorthodox game, using a single-handed backhand slice, angled drop shots and lobs. Federer never got rattled and played his usual grass-court game.
Willis never broke Federer, though he did have two break points. Federer converted five of his 12 break point chances.
Earlier, two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic won his 30th straight match at a major tournament, sweeping into the third round with a clinical 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Adrian Mannarino.
Before play was stopped by rain on the outside courts, three players managed to finish matches that had been suspended the previous day: 10th-seed Tomas Berdych completed a 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (2) win over Ivan Dodig; Andrea Petkovic, seeded No. 32, beat Nao Hibino of Japan, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2; and Evgeniya Rodina downed Lesia Tsurenko 6-3, 7-5.