Willis vs. Federer
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 29, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Roger Federer and Marcus Willis square off early in the second round of the 2016 Wimbledon.
Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Guido Pella that took two hours. In the victory, Federer won 60 of his 94 first serve points and racked up 51 winners to 18 unforced errors. Federer came into the tournament a question mark due to recent injuries that kept him out of the French Open, but he looked sharp and was able to make the big shots, which includes winning two tiebreaks. If Federer can continue to keep his errors down and win a high percentage of net points, he’s going to be tough to beat. Federer hasn’t been eliminated in the second round of a grand slam since the 2013 Wimbledon. Federer has won 12 of his last 15 matches on grass.
Marcus Willis is coming off a straight sets win over Ricardas Berankis that took exactly two hours. In the victory, Willis won 87 of his 138 first serve points and racked up 43 winners and 44 unforced errors. Willis just picked up the biggest win of his career, as he just dominated a top-60 player and won his first grand slam match at 25 years old. Willis is mainly known for his doubles play and success on the ITF level, but his first round victory has to put his next opponent on notice. However, Willis has to trim his unforced errors down in order to have any shot of pulling off another stunner. This is Willis’ first time playing in a grand slam. Willis has won 10 of his last 12 matches on grass.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
A blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile, and that’s what I chalk Willis’ improbable victory up to. Don’t expect the inexperienced Willis to produce lightning in a bottle again with a victory over Federer. This match could get very ugly quickly.
Give me Federer in straight sets.