Popular Tennis Player Patrick Rafter

Patrick Rafter

Patrick Rafter, a former Australian tennis player, whose career best rank was No. 1, is best known for his serve and volley style. Rafter turned pro in 1991.

His first breakthrough came in 1997 when he successfully made it to the semi final of the French Open. To everyone’s surprise, Rafter went on the same year to win the US Open defeating Greg Rusedski and finished as # 2 seed in the world. Legends such as John McEnroe called him a one grand slam wonder after his win. But Rafter proved them wrong by winning two ATP Master Series in 1998 back to back. In the same year he successfully defended his US Open against fellow Australian Mark Philippoussis for the second consecutive time. Rafter clinched six tournaments in 1998 and finished # 4 seed in the world.

Rafter reached the Wimbledon semi final for the first time in 1999. He was defeated by Andre Agassi in straight sets. The same year in July he held the Rank of world no. 1 for a week and made himself the shortest reigning no. 1 seed player in the history. He suffered a tendinitis injury the same year.

Later in the 2000 and 2001, he reached the Wimbledon finals defeating Andre Agassi in the semi finals of both years and lost to Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic respectively.

He retired from professional circuit in 2002 after bagging himself 11 singles titles and 10 doubles titles. His win loss record sands at 214-110.

5 Most memorable Finals at Wimbledon

5 Most memorable Finals at Wimbledon, Federer vs Nadal

133 – Year history of Wimbledon has given many memorable moments to tennis fans to cherish and talk about even now. Starting from Boris Becker winning of his first title at the age of 17 and unseeded Sampras lifting his 7th title trophy, Wimbledon has been entertaining the world around. Here are some of the classic and marvelous finals of Wimbledon:

Federer won his 15th Grand Slam title (2009)

King Federer is known to limit his game within 3 sets and win it. But in 2009, Federer played till the last set against Roddick and claimed his 15th Grand Slam and 5th Wimbledon title. Federer claimed an amazing 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5) 3-6, 16-14 win while leaving Roddick exhausted.

Roger vs. Rafa (2008)

It was the most remarkable match for its being the longest battle between Federer and Rafa. It took them 288 minutes to win the five sets final match of Wimbledon. On top of it, rain shower added a delay in the match. While being 2 sets lower, Federer got back into the game, but Nadal with his play claimed his first Wimbledon title.

Super Star Federer (2007)

The all time rivals of the 21st century, Roger and Nadal played the final of Wimbledon 2007. Federer had a chance to equal Borg’s record of five straight Wimbledon titles. Federer took the lead in first set by 3-0 but Nadal had a come-back and this game continued till it reached the last set. Federer claimed this title by saving four break points. It sure was an amazing match.

Glorious Ivanisević (2001)

Ivanisević finally got a chance to win the Wimbledon title in 2001 after being a runner up in the previous three finals. But fate had something else for him as he got a shoulder injury. He entered the tournament with a wild card to make his way to the final of Wimbledon 2001. Ivanisević defeated Patrick Rafter in an epic five set final and claimed the title.

Edberg at his best against Becker (1990)

For some reason, Becker took sleeping pills before 1990 Wimbledon final against Edberg. This made Becker a sleepwalker in the first two sets. Edberg played at his best and his flawless play made him win the first two sets. Becker somehow got a wakeup call and stormed back into the match but Edberg claimed the victory by the end.

Wimbledon offered these and many other memorable moments of enthralling play. Let’s see what Wimbledon 2010 has in for us and players!