Wimbledon 2016 predictions revealed low-ranked tennis player Marcus Willis to face world renowned champion Roger Federer in the second round. Will he able to make it alive?
The next Wimbledon 2016 event will happen tomorrow June 30 between Swiss ranked No. 3 in ATP Rankings and new British tennis player Marcus Willis.
Latest news reported the latter was labelled as ‘Cinderella man.’ The reason rooted from sort of rags-to-riches tale in the sport. As a plain British tennis instructor, who would have thought that fighting against the world’s tennis legend is possible?
In fact, CBC Sports wrote he is currently ranked as 772nd in the world and have never played a tour-level like Wimbledon 2016. Willis was just a tennis instructor paid $40 per hour. Everything changed when he joined Wimbledon 2016 qualifiers.
According to the same source, Marcus Willis was about to give up his dream to play as a full-time professional player. But because of his girlfriend’s persuasion, he did and stick with it.
The most interesting part of the Cinderella story is he was the last man to be invited to a playoff for low-ranked Brits to try to earn a wild-card entry for Wimbledon qualifiers. He won three matches and another three in the qualifying rounds. Fast forward to being qualified to the main draw at the All England Club.
As a result of his hard work, he has now the momentum to test his tennis playing skills against Roger Federer, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in ATP Rankings. Imagine a game between the world champion and the newbie. The source said it’d be full of novelty.
Moreover, Roger Federer mentioned that his next game is quite surprising for him as well. He didn’t expect something like that would happen in his professional tennis career.
“There’s a lot of cool things that are part of the story. Probably don’t even know where to start, to be quite honest,” he said.
In addition, he told CBC about his tactical standpoint to advise Willis about tomorrow’s match. “He can just go and check out all my matches, and he knows everything about me. He’s got an advantage there,” Federer added.
With tomorrow’s event, the two-time world tennis champion shared his thoughts on how Willis play the game. “Look, I mean, anyone can beat anyone in the draw. Amazing things do happen in sport, sometimes,” Murray cited.
“Obviously Roger’s a massive, massive favorite going into the match. I would expect him to win the match fairly comfortable. But Marcus’ game style, it’s pretty old school,” he noted.
“He serve-and-volleys a lot. He uses a lot of slice. He hits the ball fairly flat. He has great hands. He has great feel,” Murray continued.
New York Post reported that Marcus Willis admitted he couldn’t stop smiling when asked about his game tomorrow.
“I didn’t think I’d be answering these questions in a million year. He’s a complete player. He’s a legend of the game. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. But I’ve got to go out and try to beat him,” Willis stated.
Generally, will the Cinderella man be able to defeat the legend?
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