At Columbia Law School's graduate orientation in the fall of 2012, the Dean of Legal Studies, Sylvia Polo, addressed the school’s 300 incoming students: “How many of you have a background in corporate law? She continued, “How many of you have experience in litigation? Finally she said, “How many of you have won an Olympic medal?” The student who had -- Mario Ancic -- didn't raise his hand.Playing not only his first match at Wimbledon, but also his first in any of the Grand Slams, Mario Ancic, a 6ft 4in right-handed qualifier, produced a stunning performance to defeat the seventh-seeded Roger Federer, the gifted Swiss player tipped by many to win the title, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.Despite the endorsement he had received from Ivanisevic, the champion who had tipped him as the newcomer to watch, and despite a similarity in some of their mannerisms and droll sense of humour, Ancic is hardly a Goran Ivanisevic Mark II.
The arrangement was revealed by Croatian newspaper , said of Ancic following his 6-3, 6-4 victory over Gael Monfils in Saturday's final at Eastbourne."He played semis of Wimbledon, beat (Roger) Federer, when he was, I think, only a teenager."He was very, very talented but he was very unfortunate with injuries and some illnesses that ended his career, but we always stayed in touch and he's one of the closest friends I have ever had on the tour."I dragged him over back to the sport, so I'm really glad to see him now in London and really glad to spend time with him and Agassi as well and hopefully we can have a good tournament."Croatian Ancic won the 2005 Davis Cup, a year after reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals, but he retired at the age of 26 after a prolonged battle with illness and injury.Earlier the top-seeded world champion, Lleyton Hewitt, had resisted what he had expected would be a major challenge from Jonas Bjorkman, beating the Swede in straight sets while Britain's Tim Henman thrilled the Court No 1 crowd and thousands more watching the large screen on "Henman Hill" with an impressively thorough 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 defeat of French qualifier Jean-Franois Bachelot.Meanwhile officials yesterday lodged a complaint with the BBC over their decison to show an interview in which Anna Kournikova had a tantrum shortly after she had been knocked out of the tournament.He had enrolled in law school at the University of Split in Croatia in 2008 while he was sidelined with mono, but now he thrives in the Columbia University community in New York City.He interned with Brooklyn Nets’ chief legal officer Jeff Gewirtz in the fall of 2013 and worked as an associate with Debevoise & Plimpton during the summer a year later.