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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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04/04/2006 | 09:40 PM
What a terrific victory, Master...

You did it again Rogi, u played wonderful in this tournament. The final was hard but u are the greatest, so u won at Miami again...

Now the clay season is waiting for u, and I´m sure you will have a fantastic seaso
04/04/2006 | 08:58 PM
There are no other words:SIMPLY THE BEST!
You' re still able to surprise me!I've watch the match,it was fantastic and it has shown you're best quality:in the real important moment you was able to come up with your heavenly tennis!WoW Rogi,thank for the v
04/04/2006 | 08:32 PM
Fed,you are the best!!!
the way you played was wonderful!!!
And the match point was just...AMAZING!!!
04/04/2006 | 06:48 PM
Todos piensan que eres mejor que Nadal. Creo que cuando juegas con el te falta confianza,John McEnroe dijo que tu eres mejor pero que el te podria asustar¿es eso?. Resoplas y tienes cara de preocupacion incluso cuando estas ganando. Cuando superes esto le
04/04/2006 | 06:43 PM
Two Masters Series shields achieved within two weeks?

With Roger, we must always be ready to believe the unbelievable!

Congratulations!
04/04/2006 | 05:33 PM
Dear Roger,Congratulations!
How amazing you are.
The clay season will be yours, too. I believe that you'll achieve the Roger Slam after Roland Garros. Anyway, Good luck to you in Monte Carlo. By the way, your white wear suited you. You were so sexy
04/04/2006 | 05:27 PM
dear roger,
I prayed for that..... as expected you are really unbeatable!!!!!!...
keep up the good work and Good luck for the upcoming French open... you can do it...

love you roger give my regards to mirka who is becoming more and more beautiful.
04/04/2006 | 03:38 PM
Hi Roger...I have to tell you...you're wonderful...the best...I'm very happy for you!!! Love and kisses.Francy
04/04/2006 | 02:45 PM
Congratulation Roger!!!
I told you you'll win this tournament ;)
You are the baest and you'll always be.
Take care, big hugs and kisses to you.
Lana -oxxo-
04/04/2006 | 01:05 PM
Hi Rogi!!
Well done!! I knew you would win!! You are the best!!! We love you Rogi!! Keep going!!
Good wishes are always with you.

Love
Akanksha
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