Federer ends British fairytale at Wimbledon

Brit qualifier Marcus Willis's brief flirtation with Wimbledon fame was ended by Swiss champ Roger Federer on Wednesday.

Federer ends British fairytale at Wimbledon
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Willis, the world number 772 who had already played seven matches just to make a dream second round clash on Centre Court, went down 6-0, 6-3, 6-4.
“It sounds funny but I am disappointed to lose,” admitted the Englishman.
“It's daunting. I was playing alright at first, I settled into the match. I was enjoying it. If I was playing well and competing with Roger for a couple of sets I was doing well. I've earned myself a beer now.”
Willis, who makes his living coaching children and senior citizens at a rowing club in the English midlands, has provided the feelgood factor of a wet, cold week in south-west London.

Just months ago Willis was considering calling time on a tennis career that appeared to be going nowhere after he squandered his early potential.
But, persuaded to give it one last shot by his new girlfriend, Willis battled through to the main draw at Wimbledon via six qualifying matches before beating world number 54 Ricardas Berankis in the first round.
Having never played a tour match before Wimbledon, the sturdily-built left-hander, dubbed 'Cartman' after a portly character from cartoon series South Park, then found himself facing a man who had won 79 matches more than him at the All England Club.
In an indication of the two different worlds they inhabit, Federer has career earnings just shy of $100 million while Willis had banked just $200 this year and still lives with his parents.
But the $63,000 he earned for his magical run will ease the burden of a player who took to the court even wearing a shirt bearing Federer's 'RG' monogram.
Willis was far from embarrassed by Federer despite shipping the first set in just 24 minutes.

From the moment he walked onto Centre Court to a deafening roar, he was in dreamland.
Roared on by his friends, who unleashed a series of adapted pop songs for his benefit, as well as his beauty queen-turned-dentist in the players box, Willis got on the scoreboard in the second game of the second set.
One particular highlight was a sublime lob over Federer for a winner he will remember for the rest of his life.
“It was all just a blur. I did enjoy myself even though I was getting duffed up,” Willis said.
“I loved getting stuck in, fighting hard. The whole experience was incredible.
“I played a good point where I lobbed him. I can say I lobbed Roger Federer.
“Not my standard Wednesday that, playing Roger Federer on Centre Court. Next Wednesday might be quite different.”

Impressive underdog
For Federer, who has seen virtually everything Wimbledon has to offer in his glittering career, facing a player of Willis's humble standing was a new experience and he was impressed by the underdog's performance.
“I said a few days ago, this story is gold. I believe he can make big strides,” he said.
“He has a nice serve. I struggled reading it really and at the net he was very solid.
“I was thinking, This is definitely one of the matches I'll remember.”

Also on Wednesday, Switzerland's Belinda Bencic put in an impressive performance against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova to win 6-2, 6-3.

The 19-year-old rising star, seeded seventh at Wimbledon, finished her match on Centre Court after rain interrupted the pair's game on Court 3.

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Federer pockets 100th win at Wimbledon

Roger Federer racked up his 100th match win at Wimbledon on Wednesday as he reached his 13th semifinal at the All England Club and a duel with old rival Rafael Nadal.

Federer pockets 100th win at Wimbledon
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Eight-time champion Federer recovered from losing the opening set to defeat Japan's Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to book his place in the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the 45th time.
The 37-year-old is also the oldest man to make the last-four of a major since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.
Federer will now face Nadal at Wimbledon for the first time since their epic 2008 final.
“We have a lot of information on Rafa and so does he about us. I know people always hype it up in a big way,” said Federer.
“They did that again in Paris this year (when Nadal won their semifinal in straight sets). I'd love to play against him here at Wimbledon. 
“But I go about it like every other match.”
Federer and Nadal have met 39 times in their careers but just three times at Wimbledon.
The Swiss star won their first two encounters in the 2006 and 2007 finals before Nadal famously triumphed in 2008 in a five-set epic which is widely regarded as the greatest Slam final ever played.
Federer said he was unaware that he had become the first player ever to win 100 matches at the same Slam.
“A fan told me congratulations on your hundredth win and I thought, oh yes, you're right!”