After taking off the clay-court season to rest his shoulder, he was unable to put off surgery any longer and will likely be unable to defend his Wimbledon title.
2001After losing in the first round of the qualifiers at the Australian Open, he did not even try to qualify at the French Open. He was given a wild card to Wimbledon where he became the first wild card to ever win a Grand Slam event. After a three-day rain-delayed semifinal defeat of Tim Henman 7-5, 6-7 (6), 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, Ivanisevic defeated Patrick Rafter in an epic five-set match 6-3, 3-6, 6-3,
2-6, 9-7 to take home the championship.
Qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup in Sydney where he went 1-2 in round robin play.
2000After struggling most of the year with shoulder problems, finished the year at his lowest level since 1998.
Reached the finals in Los Angeles and the doubles final at Roland Garros with Jeff Tarango. Reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.
1998Defeated Greg Rusedski 7-6, 7-6 to win the Croatian Indoors.
Lost to Pete Sampras 7-6, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 2-6 in the finals at Wimbledon.
Led the ATP in aces with 1,065 for the fifth time in seven years.
1997His bid to capture his first Wimbledon title after two runner-up finishes in years past was denied when he fell to Sweden's Magnus Norman in the second round.
Was upended by Thomas Muster in the Australian Open quarterfinals before falling to Magnus Gustaffson in the first round of the French Open.
1996Had the best season of his career, winning five singles titles in a career-high nine finals.
Blistered almost 1,500 aces (average of 15.4 per match) by his opponents, an ATP Tour record.
Finished the year ranked fourth, his fifth straight top-10 finish.
Lost to eventual-champion Pete Sampras in the U.S. Open semifinals.
Won titles in Zagreb, Dubai, Milan, Rotterdam, and Moscow.
Reached the finals in Sydney, Antwerp, Key Biscayne and Indianapolis.
Bowed out to Pete Sampras in his second Wimbledon final appearance.
1992Lost a five-set thriller in the final to Andre Agassi at Wimbledon despite hammering 206 aces (average of 29.4 per match) over the fortnight.
Brought home bronze medals in both singles and doubles at the Barcelona Olympics.