Ivanisevic plans crazy exit - The Telegraph, 18 February 2004 - The Croat continues to ignore the mainstream. Those who believe that the 32-year-old, on the comeback from injury, wants to close his career with one more appearance on the Centre Court, have a surprise waiting. |
Ivanisevic plans grand farewell - BBC Sport, 17 February 2004 - June 21, 2004, is potentially a busy day for Goran Ivanisevic. He wants to be first on court at Wimbledon, before catching a flight to Lisbon to watch the big football match between England and Croatia.
Nasdaq 100 Open 2004 - 24 March 2004 -
It's tough, you know, sometimes I feel little bit lost, you know. Sometimes I feel, what I'm doing here? You know, you have daughter home, go home, stay home. But in the end, again, I hit some good shots and I'm happy, you know, like a little kid, you know."
Ivanisevic shows power to recall old times - The Times, 25 March 2004 - after two hours and three minutes, Goran Ivanisevic drew a deep breath, rested on his haunches for a second and summoned the energy to launch himself at a forehand winner that recalled all the warrior tendencies of old. Ivanisevic may be 32, but when he reaches down deep, there is still plenty of fire in the Croat belly.
Goran toils for a final fling, Reuters, 13 May 2004 - Having spent years hobbling from one injury to the next, Goran Ivanisevic could well be expected to donate his body to medical science one day.
A Day Never To Forget For The Peoples Champion - Sporting Life, 5 June 2004 - The day of his biggest triumph was an unusually raucous affair, rain ensuring 'People's Monday' would bring a blaze of colour to a Centre Court which kept its side of the bargain by serving up two of the game's most popular characters. The match will go down in Grand Slam history.
Wistful Goran backs Henman to win Wimbledon, Reuters, 9 June 2004 - It would seem Ivanisevic would not fancy meeting his tip for the title on the hallowed lawns of Wimbledon, despite beating Henman in a dramatic semi-final in 2001, the year of his glory. "I hope Tim wins," he smiled, "but only if I don't beat him."
Ivanisevic set for final bow - The Telegraph,17 June 2004 - The countdown has begun for Goran Ivanisevic, who plays the last tournament of his eventful career at Wimbledon. He will practise for the next four days and then see how it goes: it could be 24 hours, or a fortnight, but when he loses - or wins the thing on July 4 - that will be it.
Goran wants fitting swansong - Evening Standard, 17 June 2004 - Like a veteran detective who must solve one final case before handing in his badge, Goran Ivanisevic is determined to go out on a high.
A Last Hurrah for Goran - 17 June 2004 - Goran Ivanisevic will take a proud record into Wimbledon. He is, he says with a smile, unbeaten at The Championships since 2001.
Goran Returns to Centre Court in Style - 21 June 2004 - Goran Ivanisevic stepped onto his beloved Centre Court for what he thought might be the last time and one hour 27 minutes later - if you don't count the two long rain delays he had to sit through - the Croatian left-hander emerged a delighted straight sets winner over the 31st seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2.
Wimbledon 2004 - 21 June 2004 - "And they change the schedule. You know, they usually put the women's after men's, you know. Was Roger, woman and me. Now they change, they put me. So is another great gift from the Wimbledon committee, so I have to say thank you so I can watch the game. It was great reception when I walked in, when I walked out even better. It's just beautiful. "
The Magic Returns for Goran Ivanisevic - 21 June 2004 - WIMBLEDON (Reuters) - It was as if he had never been away. With a glint in his eye and a smile never far from his lips, Goran Ivanisevic had the whole of Wimbledon eating out of his hand once again Monday.
Goran Wins Five Set Thriller - 24 June 2004 - The great romance between Wimbledon and Goran Ivanisevic continued at high intensity on No.2 Court today, as the 2001 champion gained a third round place after an enthralling five set battle with the Italian Filippo Volandri.
Wimbledon 2004 - 24 June 2004 - "And I am here again after three years, and this is for me victory, I think, even these two matches and to come back on the Centre Court again, to be able to play Wimbledon, this is for me like winning Wimbledon."
Ivanisevic battles back from dead in Graveyard - The Telegraph, 25 June 2004 - They call it the Graveyard of Champions and the Order of Play committee clearly felt that Court No 2 would be an appropriate place for Goran Ivanisevic's Wimbledon career to be laid to rest. But everyone's favourite Croatian failed to take the hint, and battled dismal form and a talented opponent to beat Italy's Filippo Volandri in five nerve-racking sets.
Thanks for the Memories, Goran - The Scotsman, 25 June 2004 - One of the sport’s most popular champions may have gone, but the memories he created will sweep away the cobwebs in the All England Club corridors for many more years to come.
Standing Ovation for Ivanisevic - The Scotsman, 25 June 2004 - Goran Ivanisevic received a standing ovation from the Wimbledon Centre Court crowd as he fittingly ended his career at the scene of his greatest triumph
Goran Says Goodbye - 25 June 2004 - After a gracious exchange at the net Hewitt sensibly retired to his chair and quietly packed his bag, while Ivanisevic acknowledged the standing ovation, donned a Croatian football shirt (to a mixed reception) and then raised that famous left arm in a final farewell. He will be missed.
Wimbledon 2004 - 25 June 2004 - "Even when I won Wimbledon, I stay the same. I was same before, and probably when I 50 I going to be same. It's me. I like myself. I'm okay.
Fans Farewell Irreplaceable Ivanisevic - 25 June 2004 - Ivanisevic is a rare character who will be sadly missed by the Club, the fans and the media, and it seems these feelings will be reciprocated. “I going to miss everything,” said Ivanisevic after his third-round defeat.
Press salutes Goran's Wimbledon exit - 26 June 2004 - Croatian newspapers bid a fond farewell to former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, defeated by Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the third round of the championship on Friday.
Farewell to a giant of Centre Court, The Scotsman, 26 June 2004 - THIS was the best way for him to go. In the burnished sunshine. On Centre Court. A champion. Another Wimbledon win would have been too far-fetched, in danger of damaging the memory of that extravagant triumph in 2001. "Goran! Goran!" they chanted, harking back to that carnival-style atmosphere of three years ago, when Ivanisevic along with his friend Pat Rafter contributed to one of the finest sporting spectacles witnessed in recent times. Goran goes retaining the love of the Centre Court, able, even, to don a Croatia football top in these sensitive times for the English public as he left the scene one last time.
When Ivanisevic has to live with death threats, The Telegraph, 28 June 2004 - It was hardly the wacky ending that Goran Ivanisevic had billed, but when he pulled on a red-checked Croatian football shirt, totally against the all-white clothing rules, there was an emotional resonance that few could have guessed at. Ivanisevic's "passion" for his country led to several death threats at Wimbledon during his career, his former coach revealed yesterday.
No easy ride for Goran on Senior Tour, Reuters, 29 June 2004 - Goran Ivanisevic is welcome on the Senior Tour but should not expect an easy ride, according to multiple grand slam champions John McEnroe and Boris Becker.
Wimbledon champion with a Tinky Winky tale to tell, The Independent, 26 September 2004 - Ivanisevic is still frequently stopped by compatriots telling him how much he has inspired them, although his status as a national hero is somewhat out of kilter with the relatively humble position he fills these days as assistant to Croatia's Davis Cup captain, Nicky Pilic. Pilic has said that he will stand aside as soon as Ivanisevic wants to take on the captaincy himself, but Ivanisevic is in no rush.