Goran Ivanisevic was born on September 13th in 1971. in Croatian town Split. He began to play tennis at age of 7, turning to professional at age of 17. In 1988., Ivanisevic was ranked No. 351, but two years later he was already ranked World No. 9. He caught the attention of tennis fans during the French Open in 1990, defeating Boris Becker in the first round and going on to reach the quarterfinals.
In the next 8 years Goran played three Wimbledon finals, each time failing to win this precious Grand Slam Trophy. In 1992, when he reached his first Wimbledon singles final, he came really close, but Andre Agassi was better in five sets. In 1994. Ivanisevic lost another final at All-England Club, this time to defending-champion Pete Sampras in straight sets. However, later that year Goran Ivanisevic reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 2. He got the third chance to win Wimbledon in 1998., again facing Sampras, but lost in five sets after being in a winning position.
At that time it seemed he ran out of luck. Adding to that his fiery temper which caused him trouble on tennis court many times – like smashing his rackets or swearing in his native language when he lost the point. ‘The trouble with me is that every match I play against five opponents: umpire, crowd, ball boys, court and myself’, he admitted.
In June of 2001, Goran’s luck began to change. He was now ranked No. 125, but All-England Club decided to give him a wildcard. Determined to succeed this time, he beat Andy Roddick, Marat Safin and faced Tim Henman in semifinals. This incredible match against ‘last English hope’ took three days due to a rain interruptions, but Goran won in 5 sets.
The final …