Originally Posted by sharpeirob
Really? How bad was the injury for him?
He cracked two ligaments in his left ankle at 2-2 and 30-15. A very bad moment for him, he was crying out in pain at this moment. But he recovered very well and he was back only a few weeks later and won a title in his 2nd tournament back on Tour in February 1996, beating Ivanisvic on a fast carpet (two things that he liked: carpet and playing Ivanisevic). Also he played Vienna again the next season. He admitted it's hard for him to come back to this place, but also didn't want to run away from this memory. He was defeated by Becker in the 2nd round who was back then fighting for his last ticket getting entry for the year-ending ATP World Championships.
This ankle injury didn't end his career later, he was moving just fine again and was recovered almost like before. It were his chronical and always again up-coming shoulder problems which he carried for long time and through which he played for years despite until he finally had to call it a day way too early and saying "I don't want to have all this shit anymore" and retiring.