Roger Federer was not about to let this feel-good story spoil his own Wimbledon.
"It was very refreshing to play against an opponent like this", Federer said.
"I felt like it just sort of all went into one, it flowed pretty well", said Evans.
He compared it to the time he walked out to play Pete Sampras on Centre Court in 2001. "Marcus did that wonderfully".
"I thought I played okay".
"I'm getting old. In my earlier days, I would have gone and done it. But that's why I'm here, I haven't been doing stuff like that", he said. I can say I lobbed Roger Federer. When I sat here the other day and said I could get a drumming, I did.
"I'm obviously disappointed to lose, it's a natural feeling and I'm very competitive". I'm not going to go out there to be just another guy he rolls.
Not even Willis had predicted a different outcome, and consolation will come in the shape of a £50,000 cheque and the memory of several moments which raised the atmosphere under the Centre Court roof.
But Federer, the holder of a record 17 majors, was never in trouble, facing just two break points in the 84-minute match and he took victory when Willis went long with an approach.
Willis informed he had come back to the game for the last time only from a request from his wife. I just didn't get on the board [in the first set].
Marcus Willis (centre) with partner Jennifer Bate and tennis partner Gavin Henderson (left) at Coventry and North Warwickshire Tennis Club, Coventry. She committed 64 unforced errors overall and her frustration was evident when she smashed her racket to the turf in the third set, an act which earned her a code violation.
Now, Willis gets to face Federer on the most famous court in tennis, with a large group of friends and family on hand to support him in a journey that has captivated the British public.
Speaking ahead of his match against the Swiss superstar, Marcus said: "I've played a lot of tennis over the last few weeks and if I stay calm I will play my best tennis". "This is definitely one of the matches I'll remember".
The British number 23, who lives with his parents in Wokingham, even had a chance to lead 4-2 in the third set but Federer gave Willis the respect of taking the match extremely seriously and he had too much in the end.
Djokovic hasn't lost a Grand Slam match since falling to Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 French Open final. Rod Laver had 31 and Don Budge had 37. "I wanted him to have a great time". That's how I felt.
Willis watched Federer storm to a 6-0, 1-0 advantage before the massive underdog finally held serve in this improbable second-round showdown.
Asked what it was like to play one of the greatest players to grace the Wimbledon court, Willis continued: "He makes you feel like you've got no time".
That depressing career path appeared to be looming large when, ranked outside the top 700, he was reduced to entering pre-qualifying in an unsuccessful bid to make the Wimbledon main draw previous year.