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(E) Croatia's Mario Ancic wrapped a scarf in Croatian colors
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  01/19/2003 | Sports | Unrated
(E) Croatia's Mario Ancic wrapped a scarf in Croatian colors


Croatia's Mario Ancic has a little bit of Goran Ivanisevic inhim.






And why not? The two come from the same town.
Ivanisevic, who won Wimbledon in 2001 and was once ranked No. 2, is well known for a big serve and offbeat antics.The 18-year-old Ancic, ranked No. 88, is playing in his first Australian Open. He thrilled a large group of Croatian fans with his four-set win over Australia's Peter Luczak in the third round Friday.The Croat tore off his shirt and wrapped a scarf in Croatian colors around his neck.
"Like all the guys there, we are very temperamental," Ancic said, referring to his hometown of Split. "Maybe now I'm much calmer, but there's always this temper inside."When I started I was really nervous, throwing the rackets everywhere. But now everybody is concentrated, so I get much more calmer. This hunger to win, it's always inside us."Ancic said he had received a call during the week from Ivanisevic, who is recovering from shoulder surgery in May.He's really ready to play," Ancic. "He's hungry to play because he's been practicing for the last couple of months. He says he's in the best shape of hislife."

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