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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 | 06:34 PM
YOU'RE THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME, THE BEST WHO'VE EVER PLAYED THE GAME...
04/03/2006 | 06:26 PM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER ON WINNING SECOND CONSECUTIVE FINAL IN MIAMI !!!!

oby tak dalej :D
04/03/2006 | 06:16 PM
obi van roger

keep on doing it!

come on!

tino
04/03/2006 | 06:11 PM
Roger, congratulations for a stunning performance all tournament long.

Hope you have a nice vacation in store now....

Love
Marilyn
04/03/2006 | 05:52 PM
Hi Roger,
Am i impressed or what?! That was some grind out. Ivan Ljubicic must wonder what he has to do! The shots keep coming when they matter, that requires belief...is why u r world no. 1. Onto the clay court season now, the 'French' awaits for u to a
04/03/2006 | 05:33 PM
Essere già mito a 24 anni è un sogno che realizzano solo i grandi uomini.Congratulazioni per la vittoria a Miami e ancor di più per il premio Unicef.
04/03/2006 | 05:28 PM
muchísimas felicidades por otro triunfo en tu carrera. Definitivamente eres el mejor y me encanta verte jugar...
Muchos éxitos para los próximos torneos...
tu fan colombianita...mayerlin
04/03/2006 | 05:23 PM
Roger,

Outstanding! Congrats! Great match - You look fantastic and played really well.

Can't wait to see you play at the French!

Take Care,
T.
04/03/2006 | 05:20 PM
i come to miami just to see you in this tournament and i can't be more happy. you make one of my wishes come true. well done and i hope to see you live another time. you're my idol!
04/03/2006 | 05:16 PM
Roger, you really deserve all the accolades that so many people - fellow players, media, fans, sports personalities, etc. heap on you. 3 tie-break- set wins are simply amazing and not just luck involved, you have worked hard to achieve this for yourself!