His career faded after that moment of glory, but there was still one more trophy to come. In 2005, Ivan Ljubicic had the year of his life, playing outstanding tennis – in singles, and in doubles with Mario Ancic – to steer Croatia to its first Davis Cup final. It was effectively a two-man team, but they needed two back-up players in the final. By then Ivanisevic was playing largely exhibition events, but he got himself into shape, and was the fourth man behind Ljubicic, Ancic and Ivo Karlovic. With Ancic beating Slovakia’s Michal Mertinak in a live fifth match, Croatia won the biggest team trophy in tennis, and Ivanisevic got the Davis Cup winner’s replica that he might have had in 1991 if Yugoslavia had stayed intact.