Qualifier Marcus Willis' unlikely Wimbledon fairytale was comfortably curtailed in the second round by Roger Federer on a rain-soaked day three at SW19. The 772-ranked British number 23 stole the headlines with his sensational victory over Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis earlier this week, but predictably could not pull off another seismic shock against an all-time tennis great in front of a capacity crowd on centre court.
The fact that Slough-born Willis had to win six matches just to book a place in the main draw is testament to his total lack of professional pedigree and the part-time coach, who would likely have retired and moved to Philadelphia were it not for the support of his girlfriend, had the look of a competition prizewinner with a big grin adorning his face throughout the warm-ups.
He found the going understandably tough early on and quickly dropped the first set 6-0. The 25-year-old battled to hold serve three times in the second, however, and avoided the dreaded prospect of becoming the first male singles victim of a triple bagel since two-time Wimbledon winner Stefan Edberg blitzed compatriot and namesake Stefan Eriksson back in 1987.
Willis gave an excellent account of himself in the third set, fighting brilliantly toe-to-toe with Federer but failing to engineer a legitimate chance to break. The winner of 17 grand slam titles finally broke his plucky opponent's resistance with an emphatic break and served out a 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 victory. Federer will face either Britain's Dan Evans or Alexandr Dolgopolov in round three.
An exhausted Willis said after the match: "It is daunting, it is tough. I was playing alright at first, I settled into the match. I was enjoying it out there. If I was playing well and competing with Roger for a couple of sets I was doing well.
"I need to keep my head down. I am disappointed to lose. I didn't play as well as I could but I can hold my head high. I have had a fantastic couple of weeks. I will keep going and do what I have been doing. There is life after Wimbledon and I want more experiences like this. I have earned myself a beer now!"
Earlier on centre court, reigning champion Novak Djokovic continued his quest for a third consecutive Wimbledon title by chalking up an incredible 30th consecutive grand slam victory, over Adrian Mannarino. The reigning world number one, who has already added to his major trophy haul this year and completed a career grand slam with success over Andy Murray at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros, successfully saved two point break points in the very first game before thwarting his opponent's serve at the end of the set to lead 6-4.
He secured another break early in the second and endured few problems en route to a commanding 6-3 advantage. There was more resistance from Mannarino in set number three, although the Frenchman, victorious over Kyle Edmund on Monday, carelessly tossed away three break points at a potentially important time. The match then remained on serve until a tiebreak, which Djokovic won 7-5 to set up a meeting with either Sam Querrey or Thomaz Bellucci.
After Willis's exit there was some success for GB as Johanna Konta, seeded 16, finished off her match against Monica Puig, winning 6-1 7-5 to reach the second round.