Marcus Willis, Roger Federer

Marcus Willis, a 25-year-old tennis teacher, won six qualifying matches to reach Wimbledon. The No. 772-ranked Englishman kept his momentum with an upset of No. 54 Ricardas Berankis to steal the heart of the world. The victory also set up a date with seven-time Wimbledon champ and world No. 3 Roger Federer on Centre Court.

Federer took care of business, cruising to a 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 win. But Willis was all smiles, enjoying his feel-good moment against possibly the greatest of all-time.

Willis, who would have spent Wednesday giving lessons to 5-to-10-year-olds had he lost Monday, did not enter the tournament with major endorsements. So, for round two, Willis sported the gear of one of his favorite players.


Yeah, that is Roger Federer gear. But on this day, the 17-time Grand Slam champion wasn't the fan favorite. It was the underdog from Slough.


Federer had to cope with rambunctious support for the Great Britain native.


The moment of the match came early in the first set when Willis lobbed Federer to cap off a spectacular point. The British commentators did their best to will Willis to victory.


Willis celebrated taking his first game off Federer as if he won the entire tournament. The crowd echoed his joy.


After the match, the ever-classy Federer allowed Willis to have one final embrace with the adoring English crowd.


"I thought Marcus brought some unbelievable energy to the court," Federer said in his post-match presser. "It was very refreshing."

Willis had a couple cold beers waiting for him in the locker room:


The U.S. Open kicks off in 57 days. If Willis can qualify, he will be back at a major on the hard courts of New York City.

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