Friday 20 October 2017 / 04:08 PM

WIMBLEDON FLASHBACK: PAT CASH’S ’87 TRIUMPH

Pat Cash pulled off one of the great Australian victories at Wimbledon in 1987.

Seeded 11th, Cash went on a giant-killing run that accounted for Mats Wilander in the quarters and Jimmy Connors in the semis, before downing world No.1 Ivan Lendl in straight sets in the final, 7-6 6-2 7-5.

The Melbourne product famously celebrated by climbing into the stands to celebrate with his family, girlfriend and coach.

Cash’s unlikely triumph continued the trend of Aussie upsets at the ’87 tournament, with Newcastle-born Peter Doohan bundling top seed Boris Becker out in the second round.

Lendl, who won two Australian Open titles, three French Opens and three US Opens, was fated never to win Wimbledon, after also losing in the final to Becker in 1986.

Cash, meanwhile, never scaled similar heights again. He was eliminated in the first round at the subsequent US Open before making the final at the 1988 Australian Open and reached the quarter-finals as defending Wimbledon champion.

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