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Last Updated: Monday, 21 June, 2004, 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK
Gamewatch:Youzhny v Ivanisevic
All the action from Wimbledon as 2001 champion Goran Ivanisevic beats 31st seed Mikhail Youzhny.

Score: Youzhny 3-6 6-7 2-6 Ivanisevic


Third set:

Youzhny 3-6 6-7 2-6 Ivanisevic The crowd applaud the rally of the game, won by Ivanisevic, giving him two match points. An overhit backhand from Youzhny gives the Croat the match.

Youzhny 3-6 6-7 2-5 Ivanisevic Although Youzhny ties the score at 30-30, two big serves from Ivanisevic wrap the game up.

Youzhny 3-6 6-7 2-4 Ivanisevic Ivanisevic pushes Youzhny with two deep returns, but Youzhny holds his nerve on his serve for the game.

Youzhny 3-6 6-7 1-4 Ivanisevic Another look to the heavens from Ivanisevic as yet another net call goes his way. He finishes the game with a slice volley to leave Youzhny reeling.

Youzhny 3-6 6-7 1-3 Ivanisevic Youzhny smashes an easy volley straight into the net to take the game to deuce. He attempts a drop volley, but Ivanisevic reads his intentions to float a return straight past him. And an overhit Youzhny forehand gives Ivanisevic the decisive break.

Youzhny 3-6 6-7 1-2 Ivanisevic The famous serve winds up once more, much to the delight of the Centre Court crowd. Ivanisevic pounds more unreturnable serves to all sides of Youzhny.

Youzhny 3-6 6-7 1-1 Ivanisevic Youzhny refuses to give in though and the Russian shows his resilence by taking the next game thanks to his deep serves to Ivansevic's backhand side.

Youzhny 3-6 6-7 0-1 Ivanisevic A series of delicate volleys at the net gives Ivanisevic the game to love. The Croat is starting to step up his game.

Second set:

Youzhny 3-6 6-7 Ivanisevic Ivanisevic gets yet another favour from the net with a forehand for three set points in the tie-break. Although he double faults his next serve, he makes no mistake with a devestating serve right down the middle, giving Youzhny no chance to return.

Youzhny 3-6 6-6 Ivanisevic Ivanisevic opens with an ace after the rain interval and it dominates the game as Youzhny fails to make any of his returns count. The set goes to a tie break.

Youzhny 3-6 6-5 Ivanisevic Youzhny takes the next game, serving accurately to reduce Ivanisevic's return options.

Youzhny 3-6 5-5 Ivanisevic Ivanisevic blows hot and cold at the net, but manages to put away a volley at 40-15 to take the game.

Youzhny 3-6 5-4 Ivanisevic Ivanisevic forces the game to deuce, but Youzhny serves his 11th ace to give him advantage and he takes the game when an Ivanisevic forehand goes out.

Youzhny 3-6 4-4 Ivanisevic Ivanisevic holds his serve once again, but his groundstrokes are letting him down.

Youzhny 3-6 4-3 Ivanisevic The net is at the centre of the action with both Ivanisevic and Youzhny claiming lucky winners. Ivanisevic delights the crowd when he gives the net a little kiss - but it isn't enough to win him the game.

Youzhny 3-6 3-3 Ivanisevic Despite two poor volleys at the net, Ivanisevic rescues two break points thanks two superb first serves.

Youzhny 3-6 3-2 Ivanisevic Play resumes after a short rain break with Youzhny clawing back a 0-15 deficit to take the game. Ivanisevic twice returns into the net and overhits a backhand pass.

Youzhny 3-6 2-2 Ivanisevic
Ivanisevic is averaging an ace a game at the moment and although he loses a point by putting a volley in the net he holds with ease yet again.

Youzhny 3-6 2-1 Ivanisevic
Youzhny lures Ivanisevic in with a drop shot and then lobs him with a volley to win his service game with the minimum of fuss.

Youzhny 3-6 1-1 Ivanisevic
Ivanisevic is holding his serve with ease and he races through another game without dropping a point.

Youzhny 3-6 1-0 Ivanisevic
Ivanisevic produces an impish drop shot on his way to forcing a couple of break points but Youzhny serves his way out of trouble.

First set:

Youzhny 3-6 Ivanisevic
Ivanisevic claims the first set in style as he fires down his fourth ace after 24 minutes of action.

Youzhny 3-5 Ivanisevic
Ivanisevic can only smile and shake his head after dumping an ambitious drop shot into the net, but he bounces back with two searing service return winners to force deuce. However, Youzhny produces two big serves to escape with his serve.

Youzhny 2-5 Ivanisevic
Ivanisevic is serving and volleying like a true Wimbledon champion and he races through his service game to love.

Youzhny 2-4 Ivanisevic
Youzhny looks to be warming up and he holds his serve to love.

Youzhny 1-4 Ivanisevic
Ivanisevic's fearsome serve looks to be in good working order despite his shoulder problem and he holds his serve with ease once more.

Youzhny 1-3 Ivanisevic
Youzhny fights off a break point to get himself on the scoreboard.

Youzhny 0-3 Ivanisevic
Ivanisevic races through his service game and looks delighted to be back on his beloved grass at Wimbledon.

Youzhny 0-2 Ivanisevic
Ivanisevic comes up with a couple of fine shots to create two break points and duly breaks his Russian opponent at the first time of asking.

Youzhny 0-1 Ivanisevic
Youzhny produces two marvellous top-spin lobs as he forces deuce but Ivanisevic serves his way out of trouble.

1536 BST: The players are back on court knocking up. So far no rain has fallen this time.

1436 BST: No sooner have Ivanisevic and Youzhny stepped on court to start their warm-up then play is suspended as rain begins to fall.


Crowd favourite Ivanisevic returns to Wimbledon for the first time since winning the title in 2001.

He was unable to defend his crown because of a shoulder injury and also missed last year's event.

On paper Youzhny, from Russia, should be favourite but Ivanisevic is a fine grass-court player and if the mood takes him, and his fragile body holds out, who knows what the Croatian might manage?

He has also announced that it will be the last tournament of his career. He had planned to finish at the Olympics but has decided Wimbledon is a more fitting venue to say goodbye, although he plans to play some Davis Cup for Croatia.


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