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Will injuries, illness allow Ancic to regain top-10 form?

Last season, Mario Ancic was a top-10 player and, at 22 years old, only getting better. But an injury followed by a serious illness nearly ended his career altogether.

Updated: December 19, 2007, 11:17 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

For a player who's reached the Wimbledon semifinals, ousted Roger Federer on grass and clinched Croatia's first and only Davis Cup title, Mario Ancic's second-round win over James Blake at the Madrid Masters Wednesday seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary. After all, he'd beaten Blake in their last two encounters.

Safe to say, though, the 6-3, 6-4 victory was a little more special than normal. It came a week after yet another comeback following a shoulder injury that sidelined Ancic at ...

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