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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 | 03:09 PM
Ferlicidades Roger:
te dejo algun recorte de prensa en España:
"El ex tenista español Sergi Bruguera, dos veces ganador de Roland Garros, aseguró que Roger Federer, quien hoy disputará la final del Masters de Miami es "10 veces" mejor que Pete Sampras.
04/03/2006 | 03:05 PM
CONGRARULITIONS ROGER !!!!!!!!!!
YOU ARE FANTASTIC.
Always I`m proud to be your fan.
Always is difficult for me to see the matches, but every day when you are playing in a tournament , I just looking your web-page and is the way I can Know the res
04/03/2006 | 03:01 PM
You did it again!!! You are amazing....
Winning one trophy afther the other.
Your play is so good and strong!!!!
How do you keep your level up?

I also can't help wundering, where you keep your motivation from...still playing the same opponents, know
04/03/2006 | 03:01 PM
CONGRATS!!!!! Roger
I adore you. Go on making us so happy!!!!
04/03/2006 | 02:48 PM
You did it again!!...You seem unstoppable....
Winning one trophy afther the other.
You play amazing good and strong!!!
How do you keep your level up?

And also i can't help wundering, how you keep your motivation , playing against the same opponent
04/03/2006 | 02:45 PM
Great Game!!! I saw this game and i thought you're so cute....... SUT-YORD Na!!!
04/03/2006 | 02:38 PM
Hi
i missed the final match because of my Dish DVR recorder didnot work because the change in Eastime zone in USA (by 1 hr).
Does anyone have VHS or DVD of this match? I am ready to pay. Or anyone know the website where i can buy DVD's of previous tenni
04/03/2006 | 02:37 PM
Congrats Roger. You've successfully defended both Indian Wells and Nasdaq-100 titles back-to-back. Clay court season is coming, hope you can keep the winning streak going !!
04/03/2006 | 02:26 PM
AWESOME rogi!!
04/03/2006 | 02:26 PM
YEEEESSSS!!!!!!!!! Congratulations, ROGER!
Great victory. So happy for you once again.
R&R now as much as you can till the next tournament in MS Rome.
YEEEESSSS!!!!!!!!

Best wishes,
crystal:-)