Wimbledon 2016: Marcus Willis-Roger Federer Weigh In; An Epic Battle Between Grand Slam Champion And World’s 772thBy Darren Domirez, UniversityHerald Reporter
Wimbleton 2016 is not prepared for Marcus Willis but he has been raking pace over the last week including a brilliant straight sets win against World No 54 Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis. But Willis' winning strakes might experience a bump come Wednesday as he goes head-to-head with the legendary Roger Federer at the All England Club.
How do this pair compare in their Wimbleton 2016 Match?
Age: Federer 34 - 25 Willis
Federer has claimed both the 1998 Wimbledon junior singles and doubles titles in his teenage years. He was the youngest player to join the world's top 100 in September 1999 at 18, At 19, he snatched his first title and raked titles in each of the 15 recent years. While Willis is 25 and has been coaching at Warwick Boat Club. He has played just one tournament on the 2016 Futures circuit.
World Ranking: Federer 3 - 772 Willis
Season prize money: Federer £660,883 - £258 Willis
Career prize money: Federer £74.2m - £72,000 Willis
Even deprived of a title this year and not including his sponsorship paychecks, Federer has earned 1,000 times more than Willis' entire earnings from both singles and doubles matches. On the other hand, Willis has a surefire £50,000 for his second-round run. Should he shatter Federer, he will guarantee himself an added £30,000.
ATP Titles: Federer 88 - 0 Willis
Federer's 88 singles titles is behind only Ivan Lendl' 94 and Jimmy Connors' 109 while Willis has picked up Futures titles, counting two from last year in Sharm-el-Sheikh and Mostoles, Spain.
Grand Slam Titles: Federer 17 - 0 Willis
Grand Slams Played: Federer 68 - 1 Willis
Qualifying matches: Federer 0 - 6 Willis
Wimbledon best: Federer Winner - Debut Willis
Twitter Followers: Federer 5.51m - 6,600 (and rising) Willis
Federer has a verified Facebook account with over 14.5m fans - Willis's Facebook account appears to be a personal account, not a fan page like Federer's with 2,226 friends.