Dutchman Richard Krajicek was brilliantly talented but seemed to be constantly hampered by injuries. Krajicek’s cleanly struck, powerful flat hit groundstrokes and huge serve meant he was a threat on any surface, but it was at Wimbledon where he achieved most of his success. Krajicek made his Grand Slam debut at the 1991 Australian Open where he lost in the fourth round to Cristiano Caratti in five sets. At the 1992 Australian Open Krajicek came from two sets to one down to beat Michael Stich in the quarters but had to default his semi final to Jim Courier because of a shoulder injury. At the 1993 French Open he beat Karel Novacek in five sets in the quarters before losing in the semis to Courier in four sets. At the 1996 French Open Krajicek lost in the quarters to Yevgeny Kafelnikov in four sets. At Wimbledon he was seeded 17 and was in blistering form as he beat Stich in straight sets in the fourth round, defending champion Pete Sampras in straight sets in the quarters and Jason Stoltenberg in straight sets in the semis. In the final he outclassed unseeded MaliVai Washington to take the his first Grand Slam title. Defending his title the following year Krajicek lost in the fourth round in four sets to home favourite Tim Henman. At the US Open he lost to Greg Rusedski in straight sets in the quarters. At Wimbledon 1998 Krajicek lost in the semis to Goran Ivanisevic 15-13 in the fifth set. At the 1999 US Open he lost in the quarters to Yevgeny Kafelnikov on a fifth set tie break. At the 2000 US Open Krajicek outlasted Tim Henman 7-5 in the fifth set in the fourth round before losing in four sets to Sampras in the quarters. Then Krajicek suffered a major injury which kept him out of the game for some time. He entered Wimbledon 2002 on a protective ranking, having played only one competitive match in the previous 18 months. But despite this, 30 year old Krajicek was in superb form as he beat Mark Phillippoussis in an epic fourth rounder before losing in another five set marathon to Xavier Malisse in the quarters. It proved to be his last Wimbledon, as he retired on the eve of the 2003 Championships.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Agassi 0-2, M.Chang 1-0, J.Courier 0-1, S.Edberg 0-2, G.Ivanisevic 0-1, T.Johansson 0-1, Y.Kafelnikov 0-2, P.Korda 1-0, I.Lendl 0-1, P.Rafter 0-1, P.Sampras 1-1, M.Stich 2-1
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