Ivanisevic to Play Through Pain for Two More Years
Ivanisevic beats Luzzi to clinch win for Croatia
September 23 2001
Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic rolled over Italy's Federico Luzzi in straight sets to send Croatia into the Davis Cup World Group.
Ivanisevic held his nerve in a first-set tie break before cruising to a 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-4 win on the red clay of Rome's Foro Italico, leaving Italy shut out from the Davis Cup for the second straight year.
The Croatian star used 19 aces to dominate Luzzi, the top-ranked Italian who lost both his singles matches in the three-day competition.
Later, Italy's Filippo Volandri won 6-2 6-4 over Ivan Vajda, who stepped in for Ivan Ljubicic once Croatia had clinched. The final tally in the best-of-five showdown was 3-2 for Croatia.
Ivanisevic, who was stunned in his first singles match, had teamed up with Ljubicic to fight back from two sets down on Saturday to beat Italy's Mose Navarra and Giorgio Galimberti in the doubles match.
Ivanisevic and Ljubicic won 6-7 (3-7) 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 6-4.
After winning the first two sets, the inexperienced Italian duo were up 5-2 in the third-set tie break with the Roman crowd tasting victory.
But the Croatian team won five straight points - including a Navarra double fault at 5-5 - to take the tie break and turn the match around.
Ivanisevic had lost his first singles match to Volandri, the world's number 141.
Ivanisevic Upset in Davis Cup
September 21 2001
ROME (AP) - Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic was upset in a Davis Cup match Friday, losing in five sets to Filippo Volandri, an Italian ranked 141st.
Volandri's 6-2, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 0-6, 6-4 victory gave Italy a 1-0 lead over Croatia in a qualifying-round series in World Group play. Croatia evened the series when Ivan Ljubicic defeated Federico Luzzi 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.
"It's something fantastic," Volandri said. "I could hardly hope to beat a great champion like Ivanisevic."
Ivanisevic, ranked 16th, made repeated unforced errors and failed to capitalize on break points in the clay-court match at Foro Italico.
Volandri, drawing on his backhand and drop shots, rallied from a 3-1 deficit and one break down to 5-4 in the fifth set.
Hampered by cramps, the Italian served for the match and won when Ivanisevic sent a long return.
Italy, fielding a team of young players, is trying to regain a berth in the World Group after being demoted for the first time last year.
Wimbledon champ fails to sell scary scooter
September 20 2001
Goran Ivanisevic has failed in an attempt to auction off a scooter which his mum thinks is too dangerous for him.
He was given it as a gift after his Wimbledon win this summer but his mother wouldn't allow him to ride it.
He decided to sell it off in an auction - but failed to attract even one serious offer for the Piaggio X9 model.
Piaggio's spokesman in Croatia, Branimir Caljkusic, says: "After a month long auction we haven't received any concrete offer."
He blames the onset of winter and a cooling in the euphoria that surrounded Ivanisevic's Wimbledon win.
The starting price for the scooter was £3,300 but no offer came close. The money would have gone to a childrens“ hospital in Ivanisevic's hometown of Split.
He is now planning to give the scooter away in a lottery and may start selling tickets next month.
Ivanisevic Called Up for Military Service
September 14 2001
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia's Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has been drafted for six month's military service but will be able to continue his professional career and play in tournaments abroad, the defense ministry said Friday.
The national sports icon received the call-up on his 30th birthday -- Thursday -- the legal deadline for completing the regular conscript service.
Unlike other Croatians who have to serve by the age of 27, top sportsmen are given three more years.
They are drafted into the so-called "sports squad," serving under a special regime that allows them to practice and continue professional careers.
"It was okay. My hearing is fine, but my sight is bad," Ivanisevic, who has been considering wearing contact lenses, told Jutarnji List daily about the medical check-up he had to pass as part of the recruitment.
A defense ministry official told Reuters Ivanisevic would start his service in November and finish in May, at least one month ahead of next year's Wimbledon.
Ivanisevic said he had resumed training after recently injuring his foot. His next test will come in a Davis Cup world group qualifying round against Italy on September 21.
Attack on U.S. Symbols Is Heard Around World
By Anton Ferreira
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shock waves reverberated around the world on Wednesday from the suicide attacks by aircraft hijackers that flattened New York City's signature World Trade Center and smashed a hole in the Pentagon in the worst assault on the United States since Pearl Harbor.
Many thousands were feared to have been killed in the attacks on Tuesday which stunned Americans, brought condemnation from all sides and sowed confusion in financial markets.
Rescue workers battled through the night after hijackers who seized four passenger aircraft flew two of them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and one into a wood in rural Pennsylvania.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but U.S. officials said the tightly coordinated operation bore the hallmarks of Osama bin Laden, the Saudi-born dissident now living in Afghanistan who is blamed for bombing two U.S. embassies in East Africa and other anti-American attacks.
A Pakistani newspaper, Khabrain, said bin Laden had denied blame. ``The terrorist act is the action of some American group. I have nothing to do with it,'' it quoted him as saying via ''sources close to the Taliban''.
The Taliban movement which rules most of Afghanistan said bin Laden could not have been involved
My heart goes out to all affected, injured and killed in this terrible, terrible attack.
May God bless you, you are in my heart, thoughts and prayers.
Ivanisevic Leaves U.S. Open a Happy Man
September 2 2001
By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goran Ivanisevic showed off the new maturity and confidence he carries in the afterglow of his Wimbledon triumph despite being knocked out of the U.S. Open in the third round on Sunday.
"You know, I am disappointed because I lost, but overall, after Wimbledon, my tennis is improving. I am improving. I'm happier, playing good tennis," said the 29-year-old Croat after falling 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2) to 40th-ranked Spaniard Albert Costa.
Ivanisevic, who often turned morose and showed his darker side after Open disappointments in the past, was all sweetness and light this time.
The lanky Ivanisevic even stayed on the Louis Armstrong Stadium court after the match to sign autographs.
"It's like a great thing when you leave the court, you get a standing ovation almost. It makes you happy," he said.
"You leave a happy man in New York. That's great. That means that I gave my best, that people had a good time. They like to watch me."
Ivanisevic, who lost for the fourth straight time to Costa, said he felt he could have won the match had he not missed so many easy volleys and had served better, but he gave his opponent credit, too.
"He's a good player. He's the Spanish guy who can come in, who is not a typical Spanish player. He is very aggressive. He can come in. He can serve and volley."
"You know, if you don't play good against him, you lose to him."
Ivanisevic was asked if he could have ever imagined turning his year around after hitting a low point at the beginning of 2001 when he faced a long, miserable flight home after failing to qualify for the Australian Open.
"It was so bad," recalled Ivanisevic. "It was a long, tough flight, disgusting flight, all kind of bad."
"You can't be happy. You sit there and you are just unhappy even sitting, standing, eating, watching movie, you're not happy."
"Now I'm happy. Now, the people are fun. I have fun."
"I lost a match today I could have own, but I didn't. I go forward, looking forward to the next tournament. See what happens."