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1998 Wimbledon Championships

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1998 Wimbledon Championships

Date22 June - 5 July
Edition112th
CategoryGrand Slam (ITF)
Draw128S/64D/64XD
Prize money£7,207,590
SurfaceGrass
LocationChurch Road SW19 , Wimbledon , London, United Kingdom
VenueAll England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Roger Federers age-old love affair with Wimbledon continues to amaze the world. The veteran Swiss is now on the hunt for an astonishing ninth title at the All England Club having won his eighth back in 2017. Federer has been winning the famous old trophy on a regular basis since 2003, and at the ripe-old-age of 36, looks set to continue winning it. However, Federer fell in love with championships at SW 19 long before that first mens title 15 years ago. In fact, Federer was winning titles in west London from as early as 1998 when he won the junior boys single title. At just a tick under 17-years-old, Federer stormed to the title without dropping a single set. Sounds familiar doesnt it? The rest, as we all well know, is remarkable history, and20 glorious Grand Slams later, Federer is considered the greatest male player of all time. It did not turn out so well for fellow youngsters that he vanquished in 1998, however, and you would be forgiven for failing to recognise any of the following names.

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Federers 1998 opponents

There is little to no information on what become of his first-round opponent Philipp Langer to be found anywhere, perhaps suggesting his career didnt quite pan out. His second-round opponent, however, may wish that there was no info to be found on his career. Slovenian Andrej Kracman only ever made it as high as 79 in the Junior singles World rankings, while a couple of Davis Cup appearances for his home nation were probably the highlight of his professional career. His third-round opponent, on the other hand, has few more achievements to write home about. Frenchman Jerome Haehnel actually beat Federer the year prior to their meeting in London, but is perhaps best remembered for knocking Andre Agassi out in the first round of the 2004 French Open. Haehnal reached a career high of 78 in the men's rankings, winning one ATP Tour title in Metz in 2004 before choosing to retire from the game. In the next round, Federer will face Britain's David Sherwood, whose greatest claim to fame is winning Davis Cup doubles match while pairing with none-other than Andy Murray. His career never took off sadly and now he works as a coach. Croatian Lovro Zovko was next to be put to sword by Federer and winning all of seven games off Swiss is about all there is to say about Croat. Other than a few runners-up medals in ATP doubles competitions, Zovko did very little of note during his career. Lastly, Federer will take on now retired Georgian, Irakli Labadze in the final. Labadze enjoyed a decent career in comparison to some of the other names on this list, making it to the fourth round of the Wimbledon mens draw in 2006 where he was beaten by Rafael Nadal. Having worked his way to number 42 in the World rankings though, Labadze never managed to win a title throughout his career. Life certainly turned out far better for Roger than some of the other lads at that 1998 tournament. You can hardly blame them though-who knows what kind of effect being humble by Roger at such a young age could have. Still, it is quite a story to be able to say youve shared court with him.

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