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More to life than tennis for Ljubicic

Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic reached the French Open quarterfinals Monday for the first time in his career. Regardless of the outcome, Ljubicic is able to keep tennis in its proper perspective, writes Greg Garber.

Updated: June 5, 2006, 6:59 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Ivan Ljubicic, all 6-foot-4 inches of him, leaned heavily on the net Monday on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Sweat was pouring through the top of his shaved head and his face was well past pink; he was in the midst of a wearying fourth-round match. His firm forehand had kissed the back line, but it had been called out. Patiently, he waited for the chair umpire to recognize this fact.

When he did, there was no emotion, no fist-pumping. Ljubicic ambled back to the baseline to receive ...

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