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Clear focus, judicious schedule part of Ljubicic's plan to resurrect career

Ivan Ljubicic, once an inextricable face in the top 10, now finds himself in unfamiliar territory. Hampered by fatigue and other various maladies, he has painfully slipped down the rankings ladder. The Croat, however, vows to return to the upper echelon once again.

Originally Published: February 29, 2008
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

Ivan Ljubicic finds himself in unfamiliar territory these days.

No stranger to the elite Masters Cup in recent seasons, Ljubicic -- who, like several of his younger peers, grew up in the former Yugoslavia and honed his tennis game elsewhere when war broke out -- sits at his lowest ranking in four years and may slide further if he doesn't go deep at this week's Zagreb Indoors, one of two top-tier events in the country he calls home, Croatia.

Less than 24 months after ...

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