Wimbledon 2016: Federer disposes of plucky Brit Willis in straight sets

The world number three beats fairytale opponent 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 under the roof on Centre Court at SW19

Wimbledon 2016: Federer disposes of plucky Brit Willis in straight sets
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Roger Federer reached the Third round at Wimbledon after overcoming Britain's Marcus Willis, winning 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 in straight sets, after just under and hour and a half on Centre Court at SW19. 

The former winner of the famous gold trophy was rarely troubled by the Brit ranked 772 in the world, despite displaying a nice touch in pockets.

After upsetting Lithaunian world number 53 Ričardas Berankis - ranked more than 700 places above him - on Monday, Willis was rewarded with a Centre Court moment against arguably the greatest player in the game's history. But would the 25 year-old be overawed by the illustrious occasion?

Federer inflicts early bagel 

It was key for Willis to settle early but it was clear the stage had got to him. The Brit was stringing off rows of erratic shots and could not get into the groove. 

Still the awkward style of Willis' game was providing a tricky element for the former World number one to overcome. The backhand slice was a common ingredient in the Briton's defence, but was troublesome and wayward in equal measure.

Federer reeled off five games on the bounce, with the double break. As Willis served to avoid the dreaded bagel, any hope was short lived as the Swiss won out 6-0. Indeed, the seven-time winner at SW19 was havinghis hometown foe for breakfast.

Brit gets on the board

Pre-match, the hope was that if the Slough native could hold serve a few times it was a case of 'who knows'. Those echoes however had quickly evolved into fears of the rare 'triple bagel'. 

Willis celebrates winning his first game of the match (photo:getty)
Willis celebrates winning his first game of the match (photo:getty)

Federer won the opening game of the second salvo, but this time his opponent was not playing ball, winning his opening service and first game of the match, to rapturous applause under the roof of the famous arena. 

It was a moment that Marcus Willis will cherish for the rest of his days, but Federer was refusing to tow the party line with the rather surreal atmosphere. Having being held to 3-2, Federer moved through the gears to break and push through to take the second set, 6-3 with a academic third to follow.

Willis touch shows its' hand in final flurry

With 769 places separating the two combatants on court, one could forgive Willis for being deflated. The Brit was having none of it however. His touch had been displayed in flashes during the opening set, and suddenly confidence had been injected into Willis' game.  

Again at 3-2, but this time to his favour Willis pushed for a break of his own. The class of Federer told and the opportunity passed for the enthused Brit. Federer levelled at four-a-piece and pounced to break in the ninth. 

Federer closes out the match in straight sets (photo:getty)
Federer closes out the match in straight sets (photo:getty)

Despite a few final jitters, Federer closed out the set to win the match 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 in 1hr and 25 minutes. He could play another Briton in Davis Cup winner Dan Evans on Friday, should he topple Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.

For Marcus Willis, the fairytale story of this year's Championships, the memories will endure.