Ancic: the last man to beat Federer

Mario Ancic is the last player to beat Roger Federer on grass. On Wednesday, the Croatian hopes that history will repeat itself.

Updated: July 3, 2006, 11:41 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Four years ago, a gangly 18-year-old from Croatia qualified for his first main draw match at Wimbledon. And then Mario Ancic torched heavily favored Roger Federer in the first round. The last time a teenager won his debut on Centre Court? Bjorn Borg, in 1973.

In the intervening time, Federer has held aloft seven Grand Slam singles trophies. Moreover, he has won 45 straight matches on grass, including three Wimbledon championships. Ancic, although he reached the ...

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