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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 | 04:00 PM
Congratulations Roger! :)

Well done! :)

Good luck for the clay season! :)
04/03/2006 | 03:39 PM
Dear Roger,

Congrats! The match was much closer than I would like, but a win is a win. Rest up a bit and start practicing for the clay court season!

Raymond
04/03/2006 | 03:37 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
04/03/2006 | 03:34 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
04/03/2006 | 03:33 PM
You are simple the best!!!
04/03/2006 | 03:30 PM
I believe u can do it well sure.
After this game u should to get rest soon.
Take care your health.
Go!!Federer
04/03/2006 | 03:26 PM
hiiiiiii , congratulation rgoer , i\m so glad for thin champ , but don\t forget we also want u to beat nadal , i wish u more best future , do ur best , byeeee
04/03/2006 | 03:15 PM
well done Rog......... congratulation. pls keep it up
04/03/2006 | 03:13 PM
Hi Roger
Congratulations~~
That's so great
You're Tennis king on the world
I will support U forever

04/03/2006 | 03:11 PM
Thank YOU for YOU are...