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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 | 05:24 AM
Congratulations Roger !

Stay there !

Win Rolland Garros this year !

Good Luck, Health and Happiness !

Simi.
04/04/2006 | 04:26 AM
Extraordinario roger te felicito me encanta verte jugar y ganar. Eres simplemente el mejorsaludos desde chile y animo para la temporada de arcilla
04/04/2006 | 04:06 AM
I knew you'd do it, and I knew you'd fight tooth and nail to get it! Congratulations on your newest trophy and victory, Roger! Keep those record books full!!!

Much love,
Joreen :-D
04/04/2006 | 01:31 AM
Once again you proved why you are the number one and THE BEST.
Congratulations!!!!!!!!! Im' so proud and happy for you. God bless you
04/04/2006 | 01:10 AM
It was a great game, and such a lucky last point! Congratulations!!
04/04/2006 | 12:17 AM
Congratulations Roger! I knew you could do it again.
04/03/2006 | 10:58 PM
Congrats Champ! I saw your victory live in IW and knew you would do the same in Miami. Just want to say what great fun it is to watch you play - you are simply amazing!! It is an honor and a pleasure to be your fan! Best of luck in the clay season!
Your
04/03/2006 | 10:46 PM
CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!! GOOD LUCK!!!!
04/03/2006 | 10:23 PM
Hi Rogi,
wow, what to say, I have watched all match. I feel sorry for our Ljubo cause he was really faithing all the time and that you beat him on the way like this after he did a briliant job against Nalbandian(6:2 6:1). I am more than proud on you caus
04/03/2006 | 10:22 PM
Congrats my heroe!!! Great Roger Great!!
This was a very close match, but in spite of that last lucky ball, I was sure all the time that you would beat, as it was, taking into account that Ljubicic made it too tough for you.
Once more: who could be the