Goran rocks the socks off Wimbledon

2015-07-02 12:46
Wimbledon (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Wimbledon 2015 is up and running, and tennis lovers will be hoping for a repeat of last year's epic men's final that saw Novak Djokovic oust Roger Federer in an enthralling five-setter. 

There have been some crazily good finals in recent memory - Federer/Nadal in 2008, Federer/Roddick in 2009, Andy Murray's historic victory in 2013 - but today we remember Goran Ivanisevic's triump in 2001. 

The eccentric, big-serving Croatian was given a wildcard into the 2001 tournament after he had appeared in three previous finals and lost them all. 

After beating crowd favourite Tim Henman in the semi-finals, the stage was set for Ivanisevic to finally break his Wimbledon curse against another big server in Australian Pat Rafter. 

What followed was a match that will remain one of the tournament's most iconic. 

Ivanisevic won 9-7 in the fifth set, and the celebrations that followed told their own story of how much the win meant to him. 

WATCH: Goran Ivanisevic's triump in 2001

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