GORAN IVANISEVIC(YUGOSLAVIA / CROATIA)
Goran Ivanisevic will be remembered for his amazing left-handed serve and lively personality. Ivanisevic made his Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon 1988 and lost in the first round to Amos Mansdorf. At the 1990 French Open Ivanisevic beat second seed Boris Becker in the first round and went on to reach the quarters before losing to Thomas Muster in four sets. At Wimbledon Ivanisevic lost in four sets to Becker in the semis. At Wimbledon 1992 he beat Ivan Lendl in the fourth round, Stefan Edberg in five sets in the quarters and Pete Sampras in four sets in the semis before a five set loss in the final to Andre Agassi. In 1994 Ivanisevic reached the quarters of the Australian (losing to Courier) and the French (losing to Berasategui) before once again hitting form at Wimbledon. He thrashed Becker in the semis before losing to Sampras in straight sets in the final. At Wimbledon '95 Ivanisevic lost in five sets to Sampras in the semis. At Wimbledon '96 the other main contenders lost early and Ivanisevic was the highest seed left in but he lost to Jason Stoltenberg in four sets in the quarters. At the US Open he ended Edberg's Grand Slam career in the quarters before losing in four sets to Sampras in the semis. At Wimbledon 1998 with long hair and a bushy beard Ivanisevic outlasted Richard Krajicek 15-13 in the fifth set in the semis before losing in five sets to Sampras in the final. Ranked 125 in the world, Ivanisevic was given a wild card at Wimbledon 2001. He took full advantage, beating Andy Roddick, Greg Rusedski and fourth seed Marat Safin in the quarters. In the semis he lost the third set 6-0 to trail Tim Henman by two sets to one when rain stopped play. The following day he took the fourth set on a tiebreak before rain intervened again. On day 3 Ivanisevic took the fifth set 6-3 to win. The final was played on the third Monday and there was an electric atmosphere on Centre Court as Ivanisevic finally thwarted the challenge of Pat Rafter in a thriller 9-7 in the fifth set to win his first Grand Slam title at the age of 29. Ivanisevic had shoulder surgery and couldn't defend his Wimbledon title. In 2004 he returned to play one final Wimbledon, losing to Lleyton Hewitt in the third round.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Agassi 0-1, B.Becker 2-1, S.Bruguera 1-0, A.Costa 0-2, J.Courier 0-2, S.Edberg 2-1, L.Hewitt 0-1, Y.Kafelnikov 1-0, R.Krajicek 1-0, G.Kuerten 0-1, I.Lendl 1-1, C.Moya 1-0, T.Muster 0-2, P.Rafter 2-1, A.Roddick 1-0, M.Safin 1-0, P.Sampras 1-4, M.Stich 1-0
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