Agassi, 22, has earned comparisons with Bjorn Borg for the nature of his play and the size of his fan club, but until yesterday his reputation had been founded more on potential - plus his flamboyant appearance - than on achievements in the four Grand Slam events.
Ivanisevic fired 37 aces past Agassi and looked to be holding the initiative after winning the fourth set 6-1. However, at 4-5 in the final set Ivanisevic uncharacteristically faulted seven times on his service to provide a first win for a No 12 seed in Wimbledon's history. Ivanisevic, another ascendant player, was ranked No 8, and not since 1985 have the finalists both been first-time.
Agassi's career prize-money total has now climbed to nearly dollars 5m ( pounds 2.6m). Tennis players earn vast amounts from advertising and endorsements, and with his rock-star demeanour he will now enter the league of sporting mega-earners.
His Wimbledon win alone will earn him pounds 265,000; Ivanisevic will get pounds 132,500.
Agassi, who knocked out John McEnroe in the semi-final, is a former Las Vegas ball boy who, as a youngster, practised with Ilie Nastase before joining the celebrated tennis academy of Nick Bollettieri in Bradenton, Florida. He admits to a taste for fast cars and junk food.
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