Richard Krajicek is a Dutch tennis coach and former tennis player.
In 1996 he obtained the quarterfinals in Antwerp, Hong Kong, Tokyo and the final in Rome, where he lost in 4 sets to Thomas Muster. He is also in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros and Rosmalen and is presented at Wimbledon as n. 13 ATPs. The elimination at 1t suffered in the London tournament in the two previous editions had convinced the organizers to initially exclude him from the 16 seeds and only the subsequent forfeit by Muster saw him accredited with the 17th seed
Krajicek thus arrives in 4th beating good herbivores like Rostagno and Steven. Then he finds the champion of the 1991 edition Michael Stich and eliminates him for 6-4 7-6 6-4. However, the true masterpiece of his career was achieved in the quarterfinals when he defeated the n. 1 and reigning champion Pete Sampras 7-5, 7-6, 6-4, becoming the only tennis player who managed to beat Sampras in a singles match at Wimbledon in the period 1993-2000 and one of the two (the other is Roger Federer - ed.) to beat Sampras on the Wimbledon center in his entire career.
In the semifinals he victoriously faced the Australian Jason Stoltenberg and in the final he defeated the American MaliVai Washington with a score of 6-3, 6-4, 6-3, becoming the first Dutchman to win Wimbledon.