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Marcus Willis 'loved every bit' of centre court tussle with Roger Federer

Marcus Willis in action against Roger Federer Credit: PA

Warwick's Marcus Willis summed up the surreal experience of taking on Roger Federer on Wimbledon's Centre Court with typical understatement as "not my standard Wednesday".

The 25-year-old's standard Wednesday involves coaching club players for £30 an hour at Warwick Boat Club.

Instead, he was lapping up the adulation of 15,000 fans who have been captivated by his story and giving arguably the greatest player of all time some uncomfortable moments before going down 6-0 6-3 6-4 in round two.

Nothing has been standard since Willis came through six qualifying matches to earn his place at the world's most prestigious tennis tournament.

Marcus Willis in action against Roger Federer Credit: PA

Players ranked 772, who last played a tournament in January, are not supposed to feature at grand slams, let alone win a match, as Willis did in spectacular fashion against 54th-ranked Ricardas Berankis on Monday.

He and his girlfriend Jenny, who convinced him not to give up his professional tennis dreams earlier this year, have barely been out of the media over the last 48 hours and when Willis walked on to Centre Court it was to a deafening cheer.

He held up his arm in acknowledgement and amazement, grinning and shaking his head at the lunacy of it all.

He said:

It's amazing. Not my standard Wednesday, that. Next Wednesday might be quite different.

It was all just a blur. I did enjoy myself even though I was getting duffed up. I loved every bit of it. Not the duffing bit. I loved getting stuck in, fighting hard.

– Marcus Willis

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