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Roger beats Ljubicic to retain Miami title

02.04.2006 | Tennis

Roger beat Ivan Ljubicic in three tight sets 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (8-6) to win the Nasdaq-100 Open for the second straight year.

 

The world number one won the pivotal points, such as when he faced set point in the final tiebreaker at 5-6. He hit a pair of service winners, then spun a return off the net cord. It dribbled at the foot of the net on Ljubicic’s side of the court for a winner and the championship. He apologized for the manner of victory as he approached Ljubicic at the net.

 

Roger improved to 10-3 lifetime against Ljubicic, whom he defeated for a seventh straight meeting, extending his winning streak in the ATP Masters Series to 24 matches and on American soil to 48 matches.

 

He became the first man to win titles at Indian Wells and Key Biscayne back-to-back in consecutive years.

 

"I was extremely happy with the way I played," Roger said. "To do back-to-back at Indian Wells and Key Biscayne is unbelievable. I never thought I would do it again."

 

Roger improved to 28-1 overall this year, with the only loss to Rafael Nadal in Dubai.

 
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04/06/2006 | 04:24 PM
well.
Go ahead Federer.
04/06/2006 | 03:53 PM
Hello, Roger. Well done. Keep going! You are the Master!
04/06/2006 | 07:54 AM
My dear Roger the great,

Congratulations for defending your Nasdaq Open title. I was so nervous, the match was so close. But you played the big points exceptionally well. I don’t know how you do that, that’s your greatness. I admire you so much for
04/05/2006 | 08:31 PM
congrats roger..never doubted that you wouldnt win for a minute..
04/05/2006 | 07:36 PM
Well done Roger!

You`ve done well after the defeat with Nadal. After that I told that you were going to begin a cycle which would culminate with the Roland Garros trophy. I believe that! Hope you rest now and then maintain the form in the clay season.
04/05/2006 | 07:34 PM
Well don Roger!

You`ve done weel after the defeat with Nadal. After that I told that you were going to begin a cycle which would culminate with the Roland Garros trophy. I believe that! Hope you rest now and then maintain the form in the clay season. G
04/05/2006 | 06:56 PM
good job hero, you were great, and you
realy deserve it, keep going on and
always remember that you are
THE BEST EVER!!
with all my love and kisses
hope that you will do good
in France

Diana...
04/05/2006 | 04:43 PM
Of course he is just the BEST !!!!!!! As he has always been. Rogi may your winning streak forever and ever. Make tennis history !!!!!
04/05/2006 | 12:59 PM
well done!Rogi!
Loving you!
04/05/2006 | 06:13 AM
Congratulations Roger. I was so very very thrilled that you could win this tournament and defend your title. You seemed to be playing more relaxed that we've seen you in a long time. I hope a goof feeling continues to surround you all year an
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