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Ivanisevic Reaches Final After Rafter Classic

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Ivanisevic, Rafter© Getty ImagesGoran Ivanisevic and Pat Rafter contested another classic match in the semi-finals.

Goran Ivanisevic squeezed through a classic encounter with Pat Rafter, winning 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 10-8 to reach the final of the AEGON Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Croatian will meet Todd Martin in the final after the American overcame Britain’s Tim Henman 7-6(1), 6-3 to book his place in Sunday’s decider.

Ivanisevic and Rafter rolled back the years, serving and volleying acrobatically to the delight of the crowd in London. Rafter even made one diving volley which brought Ivanisevic to his knees in disbelief. When the Australian took the first set, he looked the more convincing of the two players, but Ivanisevic kept serving away and eventually levelled. In the deciding set Champions' Tie-Break, Ivanisevic took a 9-6 lead, and eventually held on to win it 10-8.

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"I saw Pat eating a banana sandwich before the match," said Ivanisevic. "There's no way I'm losing to a guy who eats banana sandwiches."

Earlier, Martin played beautifully to see off fellow debutant Henman. For further details and quotes, click here.

To see the full list of results, the order of play for the week and the latest group standings, click here.

For final tickets, click here.

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