Marcus Willis was looking forward to rewarding himself with a drink after his dream run at Wimbledon ended with a straight-sets defeat to Roger Federer on Wednesday.
World number 772 Willis came through six qualifying matches and a first-round tie against Ricardas Berankis, a player ranked 718 places above him, to earn an unforgettable meeting with the most prolific winner of men's grand slam singles titles.
Although Federer took less than an hour and a half to wrap up a 6-0 6-3 6-4 victory, the flamboyant performance of Willis drew frequent cheers from a partisan crowd, as the underdog fired 24 winners and exhibited flashes of brilliance.
After leaving Centre Court to warm applause, Willis told BBC Sport: "I have earned myself a beer now."
Assessing his performance, which gradually improved after Federer had taken the first seven games, the 25-year-old added. "I am disappointed to lose. I didn't play as well as I could but I can hold my head high.
"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 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."
Willis will earn £50,000 for his efforts at the All England Club, comfortably the biggest cheque of his career to date.
"I thought Marcus brought some unbelievable energy to the court. It was very refreshing"-- Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 29, 2016
- Roger Federer pic.twitter.com/kKSTdg4cCz