Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has been warned – take 772nd-ranked British qualifier Marcus Willis lightly at your peril.
“I don’t think Roger is going to have played anyone like Marcus. I know that for a fact. It will be tricky,” Liam Broady, Willis’ fellow Britain, said on Tuesday.
“That’s what Marcus always is. He makes opponents win matches. He serves well, serves big, puts pressure on.
“Obviously, Roger’s the greatest player of all time. But personally, I think it will be a really interesting match-up.”
Willis, who almost quit to take up coaching and had to battle through six rounds of qualifying, stunned Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis, ranked 718 places above him, on Monday.
Some of his play, including rarely seen sliced forehands, bamboozled Berankis.
It set Wimbledon abuzz, but a repeat against 34-year-old 17-times grand slam champion Federer would seem barely credible even for the most far-fetched Hollywood plot.
Or would it?
“Stranger things have happened, I know that,” Broady, beaten 6-2 6-3 6-4 by world number two Andy Murray, said.