When Goran Ivanisevic won the Wimbledon title in 2001 there were few fans who begrudged him the success. Even British fans, who had seen him eliminate their biggest hope Tim Henman in the semi-finals, seemed to take a liking to the affable Croatian. The win meant a lot to Ivanisevic, who as the world No. 125 had thought that his chances of winning a slam title had been and gone.
Ivanisevic claimed last year that he thinks of his triumph at the All-England Club whenever he sees grass. He still seems somewhat bemused that he won the title and hasn’t quite figured out how he managed to win the most prestigious event in professional tennis. This is somewhat surprising given that he was a runner-up three times, losing to two of the best players to have graced the game in Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.
“I have no idea how I won Wimbledon. It was probably meant to be. Probably someone up there was controlling things,” said Goran. The closest he’s come to an answer is revealing that he found a long-lost favourite racquet hidden in his collection.
“I played a racket specifically for sound and found it after three years,” he said. “It was a love story and I thought ‘something big is going to happen. I knew that after the second round. The feeling has never worn off. The best feeling is when I hold the trophy,” he added. “I have three plates. But you don’t want to hold the plates. They are for second place.”
Written by Ian Horne from Wimbledon-Live.com