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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 | 12:50 PM
DEAR ROGER,

IT'S A PITY AGAIN THAT I WASN'T ABLE TO WATCH YOUR GAME IN THE FINALS. BUT I WAS VERY CONFIDENT THAT YOU'LL HAVE IT.

SEE, YOU GOT ANOTHER RECORD BEING THE FIRST MAN TO WIN BACK-TO-BACK WITH INDIAN WELLS AND KEY BISCAYNE TITLES. THAT, MY
04/04/2006 | 12:39 PM
Sali Rodscher! Dasch jo scho wahnsinnig, was du alles gwünsch... Gratulier dr! Jetzt no Roland Garros und denn bisch unstärblich. Muesch überlege, du wirsch dr bescht Tennisspieler wos je gäh het. Alles gueti für d'Zuekunft und wenn du wieder emol an dr O
04/04/2006 | 12:27 PM
The best who ever lived, and his name is: R.Federer.
But I don´t think that he will win roland garros this year. There are to many clay-specialist !!
I saw Nadal playing and he is to good for Roger on clay. Maybe Roger will win it in the next years, b
04/04/2006 | 12:06 PM
Roger, you're THE BEST, you're a genius with a tennisracket. you'll win many titles and next one is Roland Garros.
#####All the Best #####
04/04/2006 | 12:06 PM
Roger, you're THE BEST, you're a genius with a tennisracket. you'll win many titles and next one is Roland Garros.
#####All the Best #####
04/04/2006 | 11:59 AM
well done roger!!!!!
keep up the great work...
04/04/2006 | 08:54 AM
Hey Roger,

First of all thanks a lot for treating us with an splendid match and the result as we all aware!!!! The amzing thing in you is that the concentration which sets you different from others.. You the one who can REWRITE the records ... Freddy..
04/04/2006 | 07:56 AM
congratulation ! You are the best.
04/04/2006 | 07:28 AM
well done,rogi!!
i'm so proud of you.3 tiebreaks,bravo,dear!
love and kiss!

irene
04/04/2006 | 07:12 AM
WHAT A MATCH
it was like wwwwwoooooowww. amazing.
winning back to back mastrers in the US is not an easy job, and you make it look so easy.
enjoy the success.
i am so happy............
your no.1 fan from INDIA
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