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[VIDEO] 14 Years Ago Today the Country Briefly Stops

Wimbledon Tennis championships 2001 Goran Ivanisavic with trophyOn this day 14 years ago Croatia came to a standstill for a couple hours as Goran Ivanišević became champion of Wimbledon, defeating Patrick Rafter, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 9–7, in the final on 9 July 2001…

Ranked 125th in the world before the tournament, Goran became the first wild card to win a Grand Slam. The win was especially satisfying for Ivanišević, who was playing his fourth final at the All England Club. He lost all previous finals (in 1992, 1994 and 1998) but lost each (to Agassi, and Sampras twice, respectively). Thousands packed Split Riva to welcome him home the following day.


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