Patrick Rafter       v     Goran Ivanisevic

6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7



The stands were filled with a younger, noisier crowd than usual, with many fans likely attending Wimbledon for the first time. 

Tickets were sold at the gates due to rain, so the crowd was full of Australian fans and Croatians, with an atmosphere more like a soccer match than the usual reserved Wimbledon audience,"  During the final game, Goran Ivanisevic began to cry, his fragile psyche frayed by three hours of tense tennis and worried that his 14th attempt at Wimbledon would also end with the failure to reach his ultimate goal. He kissed the ball. He crossed himself. He violently shook his left arm as he tried to relax. But twice, he double-faulted one point from victory, too nervous to put his serve in play.

John McEnroe called it the best final he's ever seen... even better than his win over Bjorn Borg!










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