June 27, 2017 / 9:32 AM / a year ago

Broady keen to end Willis' latest charge at Wimbledon

(Reuters) - Briton Liam Broady hopes to deny compatriot Marcus Willis another fairytale run to the Wimbledon main draw when they meet the second qualifying round at Roehampton on Tuesday.

Britain Tennis - Aegon Open - Nottingham Tennis Centre - June 12, 2017 Great Britain's Liam Broady in action against Ukraine's Illya Marchenko Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff Livepic

World number 374 Willis became a crowd favorite last year by winning six qualifying matches to reach the main draw before his adventure was ended by seven-time champion Roger Federer in the second round on Centre Court.

The 26-year-old began his 2017 campaign with a 7-5 7-5 win over Slovakia’s Andrej Martin on Monday.

“I think a lot of people will be rooting for Marcus,” Broady told the Times. “Fingers crossed I’ll break a few hearts.

“We both know what’s on the other side of the net. He’s a very tricky customer who fights very hard.

“I’m looking forward to the battle, but it’s never nice playing a friend and it’s never nice playing another Brit.”

Broady, who beat Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-2 6-3 in the first qualifying round, holds a 4-3 head-to-head advantage over Willis in previous meetings.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru

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