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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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04/03/2006 | 02:01 PM
hey Roger, great game, well offcourse I wanted Ivan to win,cous Im croatian but anyway it is such a plesure wach your game, your game is so perfect, you are like a god above all this players, well regards! Ana
04/03/2006 | 01:56 PM
Dear Roger:
Go head and take a good rest!
I will always support you!^_^
04/03/2006 | 01:42 PM
I always knew that you would do, I never lost faith, when you went to defend the titles in Indian Wells and Miami. You have proved by seeting two more records, the consecutive back to back title, and of course, the longest winning streak in Masters Series
04/03/2006 | 01:36 PM
Hey Roger!!!!!

First let me just say YOU'RE SO SO SO AMAZING!!!!
Your game yesterday was beyond words, are you even real? Because you just seem beyond human, better than human even!!!!

Big HUGE HUGE HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your fantastic and specta
04/03/2006 | 01:26 PM
Congratulations Idol!!! mwah... mwah... mwah

From Swedem with love
04/03/2006 | 01:22 PM
Well done Roger you are fantastic. Missed most of the match as son was watching football, but will get copy of match and treasure it. You are beautiful to watch and a lovely person as well.
04/03/2006 | 01:19 PM

I still can't believe that you won every tie break it's just amazing. Did that plane get on anyones nerves because i felt like shoting the thing down it's out of order that there allowed to even fly so close to the
04/03/2006 | 01:06 PM
Mangificent Roger! Congrats on your feat of being the first man to win at Indian Wells and Key Biscayne in consecutive years! Ljubicic was a hard opponenet but you won all the important points and managed to beat him...good job and good luck for your next
04/03/2006 | 01:05 PM
Hi Roggie!

Congratulation wonderful win. You played very good. I was wery nervous all match.

You are so amazing.

Thank you
04/03/2006 | 12:54 PM
Good job Roger and good luck on clay.Stay healthy.