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LONDON (AFP) – Britain’s Marcus Willis, ranked at 706 and who had made just $65 on tour this year, reached the Wimbledon second round Monday where he could face Roger Federer in a pulsating rags-to-riches saga.
The 25-year-old tennis coach defeated Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania, ranked 652 places above him, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
The beefy left-hander had been on the verge of quitting the sport in February to take up a coaching job in the United States.
But then he met dentist Jenny Bate, who became his girlfriend, and she persuaded him to have one more shot.