Left-handed, two-handed backhand
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TIE BREAK RECORD
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MEET GORAN IVANISEVIC
Wherever you were on Monday 9th July, 2001, you were probably watching, listening to, or reading about Goran Ivanisevic finally achieving his lifelong goal of winning Wimbledon. He was the crazy Croatian with the unreturnable serve, the man that had fallen at the final Wimbledon hurdle on three occasions, and looked likely to retire without ever winning the big one. Until that year when, as a 29-year-old wild card, he walked through the All England Club gates and, in his own words, ‘something happened’. He beat former World No.1’s Andy Roddick, Carlos Moya and Marat Safin, and then Britain’s Tim Henman and Australian Pat Rafter to win the title. ‘God sent me the rain’, said Ivanisevic, after he recovered to win a three-day match against Henman in the semi-finals. Eight months earlier he had been forced to forfeit a match because he had ‘insufficient equipment’ – he had broken all of the racquets that he had with him during a match at a tournament in Brighton. A few years before that, he had withdrawn from a big final against Andre Agassi because he ‘slept funny’ and injured his neck. Goran has always done things a little differently, right down to his choice of British football teams to support – the unheralded West Bromwich Albion.
TIE BREAK STRENGTHS
When Goran Ivanisevic’s serve is going well, it could still be a potent weapon on the circuit today, more than a decade since he retired from the ATP World Tour. He hit more than 1,000 aces in a year on four occasions, making it a potent tie-break weapon.
He has played a lot of tie-breaks in his time. Nearly 500 of them. And won nearly 60% of them. He will not blink.
REACTION TO PRESSURE
The moment Goran Ivanisevic feels pressure, his solution is simple – hit the ball even harder. It makes him dangerous.
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