Mario Ancic

Mario Ancic made himself noticed in his debut in a Grand Slam tournament, at Wimbledon in 2002, when he defeated Roger Federer, seeded number 9 with a score of 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. He was the last player to beat Federer at Wimbledon until the 2008 edition, in the epic final against Rafael Nadal.

One of the Croatian tennis player's strengths was his serve and the press started labeling him as the new Ivanisevic. Despite his remarkable talent, Mario never managed to establish himself in any major tournament, winning only three titles, two in 's-Hertogenbosch, in 2005 and 2006, and one in St. Petersburg in 2006. His best result in a tournament of the Grand Slam is the semifinal obtained at Wimbledon in 2004, after defeating the home favorite Tim Henman in the quarterfinals, lost in four sets by Andy Roddick.

His best ranking was number 7, obtained on July 10, 2006, after being eliminated in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon by Roger Federer. This season he fought until the last Masters Series to enter the Masters Cup, but failed by a few points in the standings. However, his best sporting result remains the victory in the Davis Cup obtained in 2005 against Slovakia.

2007 got off to a good start with the round of 16 reached at the Australian Open before losing in a hard fought match finished in the fifth set against Andy Roddick; however, due to mononucleosis (a serious form that will afflict him until 2008), he was forced to stop in February, thus missing all the Grand Slams, and thus losing many positions in the world rankings, slipping from number 9 to 135 in January 2008.

In 2008 he managed to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, where he was eliminated again by Roger Federer. In 2009 he remained away from the playing fields practically all year, not obtaining any relevant results, due to injuries and physical weakness caused by previous illnesses.

On February 24, 2011, he announced his retirement at the age of 26 due to the impossibility of his body to fully recover from injuries.