Afflicted Ancic can't seem to catch a break

With a relapse of mono adding to an already extended litany of afflictions, Mario Ancic is, again, attempting a comeback. Conversely, teenage sensation Kei Nishikori is captivating fans with his magical play.

Originally Published: October 9, 2008
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

Roger Federer's battle with mononucleosis this year was much-publicized.

Spare a thought for Mario Ancic, who was tipped for greatness four years ago following an extended stay at Wimbledon. Due to the same illness, Ancic missed a chunk of 2007, just when he was on a roll, and is now dealing with the aftereffects for a second time. Marcos Baghdatis is struggling, too. Having recovered from a wrist injury, the tour's ultimate showman was struck down by a bad back.

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