The full match.
The 115th Wimbledon Championships witnessed one of the most dramatic and emotional matches in tennis history. In the Men's Final, Croatia's Goran Ivanisevic, three times runner-up, defeated Australia's Pat Rafter in an epic five set battle.
Ivanisevic came into The Championships as one of six wild cards, the other five being low ranked British players. None of them was expected to go further than one or two rounds. By Men's Final day the Croatian had defeated a former French Open Championship, the reigning US Open Champion and both of Britain's top players. His weather-delayed semifinal against Tim Henman was particularly memorable. He came back from the brink of defeat to win a rain-interrupted match which lasted three days.
For Pat Rafter, the number three seed, the route to the Final had no been so arduous, until the semi-final, when his opponent was the second seeded American, Andre Agassi.
The game was a rematch of last year's battle and proved to be equally dramatic. The Australian prevailed in five sets, to reach his second Wimbledon Final in as many years. Rafter had talked of retiring from tennis and was therefore playing in what could be his last Wimbledon Championships.
Having played and lost in three Finals before, Ivanisevic had a burning desire to bring a more successful conclusion to almost ten years of frustration and disappointment.
The weather, which had been so good for the majority of the competition, broke on the final weekend, forcing the Men's Final to be played on the Monday. Most of the Centre Court crowd had queued overnight for their position. The atmosphere was unique; the match sensational.