Federer ends Willis’s Wimbledon fairytale

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Marcus Willis acknowledges the crowd following his defeat to Roger Federer.

MARCUS Willis’s Wimbledon fairytale ended with defeat by Roger Federer in a party atmosphere on Centre Court.

Whatever happens for the rest of the tournament, it is tough to imagine there will be a better story than the club coach who took on probably the greatest player of all time.

Willis smiled throughout and was far from disgraced, showing the considerable talent that has flourished in such a magical way before going down 6-0 6-3 6-4.

“It is daunting,” said Willis, who is a tennis coach at Warwick Boat Club.

“I was enjoying it out there. If I was playing well and competing with Roger for a couple of sets, I was doing well.

“I am disappointed to lose. I didn’t play as well as I could but I can hold my head high. I have had a fantastic couple of weeks. I will keep going and do what I have been doing.

“There is life after Wimbledon and I want more experiences like this. I have earned myself a beer now.”