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1992:When the 'Vegas kid' stole Wimbledon

By tvnz.co.nz's Michael Burgess

Published: 11:03AM Friday July 03, 2009 Source: ONE Sport

The 1992 Wimbledon final saw a young brash Andre Agassi take on Goran Ivanisevic in the decider at the All-England club.

Agassi was the flamboyant new face of men's tennis, with an exciting style and quite outlandish fashion sense.

Click here to watch the story of the 1992 final

He managed to restrain himself to the all-white dress convention whilst at Wimbledon but stil bought the same attacking game.

Eighth-seeded Ivanisevic was a towering presence with booming serves and propensity to rush the net at every opportunity.

It was the Crotian's first Grand Slam final, though he had previously reached the last eight on several occasions in majors.

Sad trio

Agassi had lost his three previous Grand Slam finals (1990 French Open v Andres Gomez, 1991 French Open vs Jim Courier and 1990 US Open) and the 22-year-old was the definite underdog on this occasion.

The final under July sunshine was a true classic.

The tall Croatian took the first set in a tiebreak before Agassi stormed back to take the next two with a single break in each set.

Ivanisevic then took the fourth set 6-1 and the match, which had been full of wonderful passing shots and crisp volleying, was headed into five.

Agassi had beaten previous champions John McEnroe and Boris Becker en route to the big show and knew now it was all on the line.

At 4-5 on Ivanisevic's serve in the final Agassi had a championship point.

Everlasting regret

He recalled years later that this was could be either the moment of everlasting regret or enduring triumph.

"[I told myself that] you need to think back to this moment the rest of your life that at least if you had your opportunity you went for your shot."

Agassi didn't hold back and became the first American champion since McEnroe in 1984.

It was the first of eight Grand Slam titles for the Vegas gunslinger, though he would never win at the All-England club again.

Ivanisevic would endure final heartbreak in 1994 and 1999 (vs Pete Sampras) before finally tasting ultimate success as an unseeded 29-year-old in 2001.

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