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posted Sep 29, 2008

Would Goran rate his career the same way without the Wimbledon win?
Is Goran happy on the Champions Tour?
What does Goran think about the dominance of players from the Balkan?

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comment by Bourne (U3020163)

posted Sep 29, 2008

How highly did Goran rate the Davis Cup during his playing days ? British people and players arguably don't see it in the same light as other countries around the world, do Croatia see it as a tournament they must represent themselves well in ?

Thanks.

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comment by NFK (U12534714)

posted Sep 29, 2008

As a player from Croatia, a country with a strong tennis history but very little funding, does Goran have any idea why talent seems to develop in poorly-funded Eastern European nations in a way that it never seems to in Britain?

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posted Sep 29, 2008

how did you feel when theo walcott destroyed croatia...??

do u think andy murray will ever win wimbledon ?


(the 1st Q is more important)

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posted Sep 29, 2008

What did the Wimbledon win mean to you and what do you think it told others?
Was winning Wimbledon the main goal in your career?
Who do you think will win the next 4 slams?
How long do you think Rafa can stay at the top spot?

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comment by 335BMW (U7617328)

posted Sep 29, 2008

When the rain break came in the Wimbledon semi-final against Henman 2001, how did you manage to turn things your way in your head, and on court when Tim failed to do so?

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comment by Magpie (U10992222)

posted Sep 29, 2008

Hi Goran!

Which meant more to you, beating Henman in the Wimbledon semis on his own backyard or Rafters in the final?

Do you value the seniors' tour as very important?

Are all Croats tall and do you think the Croatian's tennis reputation be the same if they weren't?

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posted Sep 29, 2008

Hi Goran!

What do you think of the horror tackle on Eduardo Da Silva a fellow croatian sportsman who was cruelly struck down? How would you compare football to tennis in terms of how physical the sport is? Which do you prefer? If you had the talent would you have become a Footballer instead of a pro Tennis player?

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posted Sep 29, 2008

Goran.

Having played in three Wimbledon finals prior to winning there I think you are the right person to ask this question of.

Just what will it take for Britain to produce a champion there and is it possible to see that happening any time soon?

Thanks (also if this does get picked say well done to Goran who obviously never gave yp believing he could win Wimbledon. A true champion).

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran,

As a fellow Baggie just wondered what you thoughts on our chances of staying up this season are? Have you managed to see any of the games yet this season?

And are we likely to see you at the Hawthorns for a game? We would love you to come out onto the pitch for a home game this season

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran!

i was always a huge fan of yours as a kid! I got two questions for you: 1) Did you ever serve a perfect game (4 aces in a row) in a high profile match? and 2) if you could have chosen 1 other grand slam to win which would it have been?

Thanks!

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comment by mangang (U1649101)

posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran

You were the last serve volleyer to win Wimbledon in 2001. How do you think you would do if you were playing in this era and will we ever see a serve volleyer in the top ten again?

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comment by pmcg911 (U1645774)

posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran,

My children both play tennis - do you have any advice for youngsters as they start out in the sport?

Thanks

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comment by Chizzle (U6404970)

posted Sep 30, 2008

Afternoon Goran,

Did you think you stood any chance at all when you started out as a wildcard at Wimbledon in 2001? What was going through your mind as you were serving out for the championship?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Which Goran did you prefer?

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comment by pggtips (U1721591)

posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran,

I remember watching you play Muster at the World Championships and there was a period of the game when he simply had no idea where your intended to serve.

My question is:

How many players did you face who could actually read your serve most of the time, and who were they?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran,

This year we have seen Rafael Nadal has dominated the world tennis and on his way he became wimbeldon champion, what do you think if you would have faced him in your peak time, would you have been able to stop him at wimbeldon?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hello Goran!

My Dad was (and still is) a great fan of yours, and I still remember him going crazy with frustration when you lost to Sampras in the Wimbledon final (cant remember which year).
So my question for you is; how did you keep up your motivation after losing those finals to end up winning it in 2001, even when many of your fans had lost hope?

Grats and good luck in the Tour of champions.

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran,

Sadly, I missed your epic Wimbledon final in 2001, as it was on Monday and I had to work.
D'Oh !!
I did however listen to it on the radio, and it still remains my favourite tennis match; the tension and drama were incredible.

Anyhoo, I was just wondering if you could tell me this - if you'd never been given the opportunity to play tennis as a youngster, what do you think you've have ended up doing to earn a living ? I know you are a pretty decent footballer, could you perhaps have played in the Premier league ??

Many thanks,

Mark.

;)

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hey Goran,

There was a lot in the tennis press post-wimbledon 2001, about how, in the semi-final, the onset of British weather was the deciding factor in your clash with British number one Tim Henman. And if play was to have continued, you would not have been the celebrated wimbledon champion you're recognized as.

What is your comeback when this argument is presented to you? I for one thought you had the right tools to ease past Tim, but it seemed he had you on the back food throughout the initial sets.

And from a young males 'velocity is the best policy' point of view, do you still serve as fast as you used to?

Thanks,

Alex

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Have you ever caught anyone in the face with a serve?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Not a question just a compliment. I think Goran is one of the only players to actually have a personality on and off the court! This is the reason why i wanted him to beat Henman to Wimbledon. I think henman had less personality than one of the those plastic singing fish you stick on your wall, middle classed sliver spoooned loser

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran

Firstly, thank yoiu for making tennis in the 90's interesting and fun to watch.

The question: Who gets madder, you or Marat Safin. And who breaks rackets the best, you, Safin, or Roddick?

I remember one of your quotes when you said racket breaking is not for the weak, it needs to be done with real heart and soul - brilliant!

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hey Goran,

I've always been a great admirer of you and I'm really looking forward to see you play in Eindhoven this year.

In december this year you could face your "worst nightmare" during your tennis career: Pete Sampras. What would it mean to you if you beat Pete in London? Would it somehow avenge your defeats against him during the times you played him?

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comment by Sanj (U11517010)

posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran,

I'm a big fan and think there's no one in the game who had a better serve than you.

My question :-

Did you think you had the best serve out there at the time? And was there any player you thought had a better serve than you or you found difficult returning against?

Sanjay

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Goran hi
I have been privilegd enough to go to numerous Wimbledon finals, FA & League Cup Finals, World Cups and Euro Cups. Without question, the best sporting event I have ever attended was the Monday that you best Pat Rafter. I slept overnight on Wimbledon Common to get tickets.

What are your recollections of that final and the atmosphere? Have you ever, either as a tennis player, or supporter of sports in general, ever felt anything like that??

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran,
is it true that you played some football matches for Hajduk Split?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran,

Hows tricks?

What's your opinion of tennis at the Olympics? Should it be there or not?

Also, what would be your ideal dinner party line up (you're allowed 5 guests living/dead/fictional). Mine would be me, Bruce Parry, Su Pollard, Jet from Gladiators and former Bulgarian football legend Trifon Ivanov <ok>

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posted Sep 30, 2008

I missed out a guest <doh> If you bring a some cheeky Croation beer (what's the best drinks in Croatia?) you can be the other guest, Goran <ok> If not I'm going to invite Les Dennis (mainly because I think there's half a chance he would actually turn up).

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran,

what was it like to finally win the Wimbledon final on one of the most rare and special days of a Wimbledon championships on the third Monday, what emotions did you feel when after the final point was played, what was going through your head climbing to go celebrate with your father? it must have been a special moment and one we all enjoyed.

Also what was it like having to sit out the defence of your title after so many years of wanting to win Wimbledon and open the centre court proceedings, was it disappointing to have to sit it out?

Also being a West Brom fan, well I have to say your a good man to be foreign and not support one of the big 4 in England!

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posted Sep 30, 2008

(Which clown gave this 1 star??)

Anyway, my questions to Goran.

Goran, do you think we are likely to see another Croatian tennis player following in your footsteps and winning Wimbledon?

Goran, do you think its fair to say that modern tennis is dominated by great returners rather than big servers? If so, what do you think the reasons are for this?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran, legendo splitska. I am a tennis coach here in Dublin, Ireland. I often watch your wimby final and it never gets old. Dedicating your victory to Drazen Petrovic was moving. My question to you is did you ever think about opening a tennis academy in Croatia. You being the way you are would bring lot of kids into the tennis and get them of the streets especially in Split. If you do can I have a job :) Sve Naj iz Dablina

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Who, in your opinion, is the most talented player you ever faced?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran, I'm a huge fan of yours although I've never seen you play live. Must come to one of the Blackrock events if I get a chance!

My question is about Wimbledon in 2001. I remember seeing you at the beginning of the tournament on one of the outside courts and I was so happy to see you were still going (I'd followed you back in the early days, but been off travelling and lost touch with tennis). They were talking about how you hadn't won a match for ages and had lost to some nobody at Queens, but it was weird 'cos I just had this special feeling about it, and I thought you'd do well. I followed all your matches like I was compelled to. I even turned down a job so I could stay home and watch Wimbledon!

Anyway, the point here is that you had this belief back then that God wanted you to win, that it was destiny, and given all the things that happened, what an outsider you were, the rain in the Henman match and all, it so seemed like it was true. I was well into God at the time, having been living a really spiritual life (when I say I was travelling, what I mean is that I was off living like a monk, having mystical experiences and getting in touch with spiritual realities, etc) and I had this healing gift which I'd used to help people with various illnesses and things, and which always worked really well, as well as doing a lot of meditation. I used to pray for you while you played, and when it looked like you were losing your temper I'd meditate and get all calm, and try and send you that calmness, try to take away your anxieties. I'd do that and then I'd watch you and think, holy crap, it's worked! (Sure, I could have just imagined it, wishful thinking, etc) My question is, I suppose, did you feel anything? Did you feel that something magical was going on, that was a bigger force at work helping you? And did you do anything to try and tap into that, to get a little 'help from above'? I really do believe there was an aspect of destiny about that whole thing, and in my silly little world I like to think that I lent a hand. The energy at the final was unbelievable; I've got the climax on video and, I swear, everytime I watch it I burst into tears when you hit the deck after finally winning. There really was something very, very special about that day, and about the whole tournament (not least of all the weather during the semis!)

And if that's not one of the most interesting and bizarre questions you'll receive during this I'll be very surprised. Hope to see some sort of answer! :-)

All the best,
Rory

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Does match fixing exists at Wimbledon?? Did anyone approach you ever to fix a match?

http://www.ekhichdi.com/tennis/do-you-think-match-fixing-exist-at-wimbledon

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posted Sep 30, 2008

How can we bring the art of serve volleying back in to the sport and make Wimbledon the home of the serve volley again?

Also Is that your father who is in charge of the players box at Wimbledon still to the present day?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Goran, I was lucky enough to be there on the day you won Wimbledon. I have been lucky enough to watch many matches on Centre Court but the atmosphere created by the Croats and the Aussies on that day was incredible. Were/are you and Pat Rafter close friends because there seemed to be massive mutual appreciation between the two of you on that day? I have to say also that as a Wimbledon regular the place misses characters like you.

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comment by Haybrd (U13406129)

posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran,

Having a weapon such as your serve is such a boost to your game. Was it always so and how do you change your game when the serve isn't working?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Dear Goran,
Do you feel you accomplished all your tennis goals? If not, what did you miss out on?

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comment by Lydian (U13373500)

posted Sep 30, 2008

Goran

Who do you see winning the 4 slams in 2009?

Are you interesting in getting into coaching?

What do you see as being the positives & negatives in tennis right now?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Goran

How do you compare the top players in your day (Sampras/Agassi) to the current top two (Federer/Nadal)?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi Goran,

A question I have often wondered is whether you would ever consider writing an autobiography. You have had such a dramatic career, I think it would make an incredible read. Please consider it!

Rachel

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Goran
Did you beleive you could win wimbledon after losing three finals?

I always believed you could but what you did still managed to amaze me.

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Goran

Who do you think was the better server?

You or Sampras?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hello Goran,

I'm a massive fan of yours and the epic final between you and Pat Rafter was in my opinion the greatest tennis match of all time. The atmosphere, the drama, how much it meant to you both, I don't think it will ever be matched.

If a movie was made detailing both your lives in tennis up to that tournament and then given that Wimbledon tournament as the main plot, everybody would have said 'that's so unrealistic!'.

The pressure must have been immense in those last few games, you even said afterwards the racket felt like it weighed 100 pounds when you were serving it out! So my question is "Did you think about lifting that trophy often before you actually did? Or did you try your best to not think about it until it was over?" (sorry 2 questions!)

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Goran, for ever you will be associated with one of the great matches in tennis. But you made another huge contibution to tennis history. Do you recall when down on luck and down on form one November day in 2000 when you said:

"At least when I've finished playing tennis, they'll remember me for something. They'll say, 'There's that guy who never won Wimbledon, but he smashed all his rackets.'"

after you were defaulted from a tennis match for having a "lack of appropriate equipment". Something which no-one can recall ever happening before!

Do you ever look back on that sorry day, perhaps with a wry smile, when you made that piece of tennis history most sane players would be happy not to achieve ?
:-)

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Goran whats your favourite type of cheese and why?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Goran

Do you think your good friend Mario Ancic will win a grand slam ?

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posted Sep 30, 2008

Hi goran,I'm a huge fan of you.Your win at wimbledon is one of the best come-backs i've seen in sport let alone tennis.How did you manage that? And Whom among the current crop of croatian players do you see winning a grandslam in the near future? All the best for your future mate!!!

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