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Wonder Willis lands tilt at Fed

- Neil Squires

WIMBLEDON outsider Marcus Willis landed a fairy-tale meeting with Roger Federer tomorrow after the biggest win of his career.

Qualifier Willis, world ranked 772 and whose season’s earnings had totalled £213 from a Tunisian Futures Tour event, is guaranteed a £50,000 payday after beating Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 yesterday.

“It’s an amazing dream come true,” said Willis. “I get to play on a stadium court and I’m going to try to win. He’s a little bit better than me – but I’ll give it everything. I’m not sure he can play on grass!”

Willis, 25, supplement­s his income by giving tennis lessons at Warwick Boat Club and still lives with his parents in Wokingham.

“I’ve never even spoken to Federer. I don’t think he was at Tunisia this year!” said Willis, whose dentist girlfriend Jennifer Bate was able to share his glory after fate leant a hand.

“I went in this morning ready to see my patients. But the suction machine was not working so my boss said cancel all your appointmen­ts,” she said.

There was one other notable British success yesterday, with Dan Evans beating German Jan-Lennard Struff. June 30, 8pm, Marseilles July 1, 8pm, Lille July 2, 8pm, Bordeaux July 3, 8pm, Paris

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HANDING IT TO THEM: Hart lets Sigthorsso­n’s shot slip through his grasp for the winner
 ??  ?? WILLIS: £50,000 payday
WILLIS: £50,000 payday

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