Pete Sampras was a record seven-time (and four-time defending) champion, but he lost in the Ivanišević became the first unseeded player to win the title since Boris Becker in He had reached the final three times before (in , and ) but lost each time (to Agassi, and Sampras twice, respectively).
The Wimbledon Championships was a tennis tournament played on grass courts at the Ivanišević had previously been runner-up three times (, and ), but Henin became the first Belgian player to reach a Wimbledon final. The winner of the men's title earned £, while the women's singles .
Men's singles final, Wimbledon: Goran Ivanisevic (Cro) beat Pat Rafter (Aus) In a stomach-churning final set the match went one way then the other, him three times in the s - but comeback kid Rafter had other ideas.
The Wimbledon's men's final will be remembered not only for the thrilling It was the first time a final had begun on the third Monday and - despite serves from the Australian allowed Ivanisevic to make his crucial winners.
By SELENA ROBERTS JULY 3, . After another wicked return winner by Sampras, Federer replied by Few were more pleased at his good fortune than Ivanisevic, a three-time Wimbledon finalist who had spent more.
Goran Ivanisevic's win over Patrick Rafter in the Wimbledon final But the Wimbledon men's final wasn't just any match on Centre Court. This time, though, it was Goran's turn to dish out some heartbreak to the.
Agassi won the 3rd and looked like the final was his for the taking but we didn't at that time, they gave so much to win Wimbledon that year.
Rapture greets the wild card's win at the fourth time of asking does this sort of carnival atmosphere pervade tennis, for it is the rich and the sponsored who normally attend the major finals, more's the pity. . Wimbledon
Before the tournament he was ranked th, and after the win he was 16th. Ivanišević had reached the final three times before (in , and ) but lost.