Ivan Ljubicic returns to the PBZ Zagreb Indoors to try and best his effort in 2007 when, as the top seed, he was upset by No. 2-seeded Marcos Baghdatis in the three-set final.
Ljubicic is once again the top seed, but Baghdatis and other name players failed to show, with no Top 20-ranked competitors in attendance.
After failing to surpass the third round at any Grand Slam in 2007, Ljubicic resides outside the Top 20 after ranking No. 3 in 2006.
Also seeded in Zagreb are Croat “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic, Gilles Simon and Fabrice “The Magician” Santoro of France, Croat Marin Cilic, Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, Italian Andreas Seppi, and Serb Janko Tipsarevic.
Resurgent Croat Mario “Baby Goran” Ancic is unseeded, and opens against the No. 6-seeded Mahut.
Karlovic starts against a qualifier, with a potential second-round meeting against this weekend’s Rotterdam finalist Michael Llodra.
Wildcards for the event went to Croatian future household names Lovro Zovko, Franko Skugor, and Roko Karanusic.
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