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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 | 10:21 PM
we are the champions tahnks roger
04/03/2006 | 10:04 PM
04/03/2006 | 09:59 PM
What a Match!!!

Even when neither you nor Ivan played at your best, it was pretty amazing.

You are the best of the best.

Keep on going Champ!!
04/03/2006 | 09:54 PM

Wahey, Roger!
Many congratulations on your unique Key Biscayne/Indian Wells double double championships! Those records just keep on falling...
Rest yourself well, my dear.
Love forever,
Daley xxx
04/03/2006 | 09:17 PM
Congratulations my Love, I followed the entire tournament and it was wonderful, I am very proud of you!! You gave me your autograph at Indian Wells and so happy I have it, it's little piece of you, OUR HERO !! keep it up you make our lifes a lot of FUN.
04/03/2006 | 09:15 PM
Dear Roger:
It was difficult but you won!
You played very well!
Congratulations from Portugal.
Kind regards
Francisco Nobre
04/03/2006 | 09:08 PM
Congratulations Roger! You are the best. Keep going like that! :)
04/03/2006 | 08:55 PM
Roger, congratulations on staving off Ljubic for a fantastic win! I am so happy too to see you as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF! You are truly a wonderful human being.
luv, Susan
04/03/2006 | 07:35 PM

I'm happy for you and Mirka and company.

I think that it's really nice that Mirka is always there for you--Thanks Mirka!

Calif., USA
04/03/2006 | 06:58 PM
Great job! You always have close matches against Ljubicic, but you always seem to win the big points and end up the winner at the end. Another great start to the year so congratulations and the bets of luck for the entire year! You rock!