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Ivanisevic sets sights on Wimbledon return
9 May 2002

Goran Ivanisevic is confident he will retain his Wimbledon men's title in 2003.

The current Wimbledon champion will miss out on the chance of defending his title this year as he faces five months on the sidelines after having shoulder surgery.

But his absence this year will spur him on even further to victory in 2003.

"That's my biggest wish," Ivanisevic said in an interview with the Sportske Novosti daily.

"I'll return as the champion - well, I know that someone else will be defending the title in 2003, but in my head I'll be the defending champion. And I'll try to win it again."

He said he "owed" it to himself, to his country and the All England Club, which gave him the wild card last year.

The left-hander Ivanisevic, ranked 16th in the world, decided to undergo surgery on the serving shoulder that has been bothering him for years.

He said: "I realised my shoulder really is in a bad shape and there was no sense in delaying the surgery anymore.

"Imagine me going to Wimbledon and then my shoulder blocks me there - I'd kill myself!"

Source: ananova.com
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