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Ivanisevic Beats Krajicek

July 3, 1998

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) _ Goran Ivanisevic squandered two match points in the fourth set, then outlasted Richard Krajicek 15-13 in a marathon fifth set Friday to reach the Wimbledon final.

Ivanisevic fell to his knees, tapped the grass with his hand and held his clenched fists in the air after Krajicek netted a backhand volley to end the match in the 28th game of the final set.

The Croatian ripped off his bandana, tossed two towels into the stands, clapped to the crowd and held up his left index finger in a No. 1 salute as he walked off the Centre Court after the 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (7-5), 15-13 victory.

The match lasted 3 hours, 22 minutes, with the final set alone going 1:19.

Ivanisevic reached the final for the third time, having lost in the 1992 and 1994 championship matches. He has never won a Grand Slam title and came into this tournament after winning only one match in his five previous Slam events.

The 14th-seeded Croatian will face the winner of the second semifinal between defending champion Pete Sampras and Britain’s Tim Henman.

Sampras, who hasn’t dropped a set all tournament, is seeking his fifth title in six years, while Henman can become the first British player to reach the men’s final since 1938.

The women’s final is set for Saturday, with Jana Novotna facing Nathalie Tauziat.

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