Wimbledon Re-Lived 2001: Goran vs. Rafter, in their own words

The 2001 men’s Wimbledon final, which saw wildcard and three-time runner-up Goran Ivanisevic win his first title against Pat Rafter on People’s Monday, is one of the most famous matches in tennis history.

So, for this episode, we wanted to get a range of perspectives on this much-told story.

Ivan Ljubicic explains the significance of Ivanisevic’s victory for people in Croatia, Charlie Eccleshare talks about the experience of being in the crowd, Ivanisevic tells us (colourfully) why he thinks the final game is the worst in Grand Slam history, and Rafter opens up about the match from his point of view, including how much the loss hurt him and the relationship he now has with Goran.

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December. 


We will be doing daily shows throughout the original Wimbledon dates, looking back on some of the tournament’s best matches and most important stories. The 2001 final between Goran Ivanisevic and Pat Rafter can be watched in full on YouTube. Extended highlights of our next match, Maria Sharapova vs. Serena Williams from 2004, are also available.


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