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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Video Flashback: Nadal v Ljubicic Madrid Final 2005

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Video Flashback: Rafael Nadal v Ivan Ljubicic Madrid Final 2005

Monday, April 16, 2012

Video: Ivan Ljubicic Retirement Tribute Video

Video: Ivan Ljubicic Retirement Tribute Video

Ivan Ljubicic reflects on his 14-year career on the ATP World Tour, having decided to retire at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. ATP World Tour stars Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, pay tribute to the former World No. 3.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ivan Ljubicic announced retirement from tennis

Ivan Ljubicic announced retirement from tennis

Ivan Ljubicic announced he will retire from tennis after the Monte Carlo Masters in April.

He sais it wasn’t an “easy decision” to quit the sport but that he plans to “continue to stay involved and contribute in some ways.”

Ljubicic has won 10 titles and reached a career-high ranking of No. 3 in May 2006. His biggest title win came at Indian Wells in 2010 when he beat Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick.

He won the Davis Cup in 2005 and an Olympic bronze medal in doubles with Mario Ancic at the 2004 Athens Games.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Ljubicic and Cipolla reach 2nd round of Open 13

Ljubicic and Cipolla reach 2nd round of Open 13

Ivan Ljubicic beat Florent Serra 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 to reach the second round of the Open 13.

Ljubicic broke Serra’s serve at 4-4 in the first set, but the Frenchman dominated the second-set tiebreaker, winning five straight points to take a 5-1 lead before leveling the match at one set apiece.

Ljubicic broke for a 4-2 lead in the final set and never looked back.

The Croat will next face Paul-Henri Mathieu or Karol Beck.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cilic beats Ljubicic to reach China final

Cilic beats Ljubicic to reach China final

Marin Cilic beat Ivan Ljubicic 6-4 6-3 to advance to the China Open final.

Cilic said his game really got going when he got the first break against Ljubicic.

“When that first break came I started to serve better and the beginning of the second set was really crucial,” he said.

“He had few break points and I started to serve maybe the best that I ever served.”

"To be a second time in the Beijing final is great feeling coming after this summer," said Cilic. "I played some great tournaments, and I mentioned that I was in pretty good form. That pleases me a lot, that I know when I play well that I can beat those guys and that my tennis is on a good level."

Cilic will meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Tomas Berdych in the final in Beijing.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Tsonga wins Moselle Open 2011 Title

Tsonga wins Moselle Open 2011 Title

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 to win the Moselle Open title.

Tsonga hit a backhand drop shot to earn a break point that he converted with a backhand pass down the line to lead 2-1 in the final set. He clinched victory when Ljubicic double-faulted on match point.

The No. 10-ranked Tsonga won his sixth career title. It was his first since Tokyo two years ago, and improved his chances of earning a spot for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Tsonga broke Ljubicic three times to take the first set on a backhand netted by the Croatian veteran.

Ljubicic could not repeat his serving heroics from the semifinals when he fired 26 aces to beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in straight sets on Saturday.

Tsonga seemed in control in the second set, ripping a backhand winner down the line to break serve and lead 3-1, but then double-faulted at 4-2 to help Ljubicic get back into the match.

Ljubicic slammed an ace to even the score at 4-4. He rallied from 4-2 down in the tiebreaker to level at one set apiece with a forehand winner before Tsonga came through the decider.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ljubicic to face Tsonga in final of Moselle Open

Ljubicic to face Tsonga in final of Moselle Open

Ivan Ljubicic edged Gilles Muller 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) to reach the Moselle Open final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-4.

“I knew I had to be patient,” Ljubicic said. “I had no chance on his serve; he didn’t have any chance on mine. It was about the tiebreaks and I was a little lucky today.”

Muller set the tone by reeling off four aces in the opening game. But Ljubicic regrouped and rallied from 3-2 down in the tiebreaker to take the first set.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Umag 2011: Ferrero, Ramos, Berlocq reach quarterfinals

Umag 2011: Ferrero, Ramos, Berlocq reach quarterfinals

Juan Carlos Ferrero defeated Ivan Ljubicic 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open.

Ferrero rallied from one set down and saved a break point at 3-3 in the second to change the course of the match and beat Ljubicic 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

"It was a strange start to the match and for sure I didn't expect the [first] set to finish so quickly," said Ferrero. "The key of the match was for me to stay positive at all times during the match. I knew I had to do more to get into the match but for sure I need to start better in the matches to come."

Ljubicic impressed during the first set but could not keep up the pace and served poorly.

“My serve was beyond any acceptable statistic levels,” he complained. “It was tough to keep concentration for two hours after such a long break.”

Ferrero will next play Carlos Berlocq, who advanced after Tommy Robredo withdrew because of a left calf injury.

Albert Ramos beat Gianluca Naso 6-1, 6-3, and Alexandr Dolgopolov beat Filippo Volandri 6-1, 6-2.



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Video: Kids Day with Ljubicic in Umag 2011

Video: Kids Day with Ljubicic in Umag 2011

Ivan Ljubicic took part on Kids Day at the 2011 Uma ATP tennis tournament...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Videos: Wimbledon Day 2 Interviews - Tuesday June 21sxt 2011

Videos: Wimbledon Day 2 Interviews - Tuesday June 21sxt 2011

Enjoy interviews with Andrea Seppi, Viktor Troicki and Ivan Ljubicic on day 2 at the 2011 Wimbledon tennis championships....









Friday, April 15, 2011

Nadal into Monte Carlo Semis after easy win over Ljubicic

Nadal into Monte Carlo Semis after easy win over Ljubicic

Rafael Nadal crushed Ivan Ljubicic 6-1, 6-3 to advancce to the semifinal of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in Monaco.

“I'm very happy about the victory. That's the truth,” declared Nadal. “Winning 6-1, 6-3 against a difficult player, he was playing well during all this tournament, is a positive result. He didn't play well [today]. That's for sure. Ivan didn't have his best day.”

Next for the former world number 1 is Andy Murray, who score a 6-2, 6-1 win over Frederico Gil.

“It was a very difficult day to play tennis,” explained Nadal. “[There was] a lot of wind, changing directions the wind all the time. In general, I didn't have mistakes. After the two first games, especially after the second one, I didn't have mistakes until the second set.

“So, in general, [it was a] very positive victory. [On] days like today, the most important thing is [to] win, and that's what I did, so [I'm] very happy.”




Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ferrer and Ljubicic into Monte Carlo Masters Quarterfinals

Ferrer and Ljubicic into Monte Carlo Masters Quarterfinals

David Ferrer beat Milos Raonic 6-1, 6-3 while Ivan Ljubicic upset Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters in Monaco.

Ferrer dictated most of the rallies and pegged Raonic behind the baseline.
The Canadian had only one ace and lost his own serve five times.

The Spaniard broke Raonic twice in the opening set to take the lead. He also broke early in the second set. Raonic leveled at 2-2, but Ferrer broke again to claim victory.

Ferrer will play the winner of the match between Tommy Robredo and Viktor Troicki.

Ljubicic could next face Rafael Nada or Richard Gasquet.




Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ivan Ljubicic Monte Carlo Interview April 12th 2011

Ivan Ljubicic Monte Carlo Interview April 12th 2011

I. LJUBICIC/J. Tsonga 7-6, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You were the better player on the big points obviously.
IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, yes. To summarize, absolutely. I was a break down in both sets, but he struggled to close it down.
It's the first week of clay for both of us. It's really difficult to find the balance between defense and offense, which is the key on clay.
I think I was a little bit more patient at times. Of course, he's not a patient player. He goes for his shots. On clay, he gives you a little bit more than normal.
I beat him already on clay before. I know that I'm going to have my chances. It's really about staying patient and calm because I was really mad when I lost that first serve in the first set because I felt like I was supposed to hold my serve quite comfortably. After losing that serve, I was really nervous. I was just trying to keep calm, then wait my chance. Because on clay it comes it always comes.

Q. You seemed to feel the ball quite well, doing dropshots the end of the first set. Did you feel the ball really well?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I like this ball. It's a Dunlop ball that goes quite well through the air. If you hit hard, you still can kind of control it. It's a different ball. We really have two types of balls. Dunlop is really heavy. Then the light one, Wilson and Head, they are also good, but maybe not so good for clay.
I practiced really well last week. I had good practice sessions. That gives my confidence. There's nothing else you can really rely on except practice sets that you do, because we didn't play any matches on clay.
It's good. It feels really good to win two matches and be still in the tournament. Kind of the schedule was perfect for me. At this age, you really need day off. I was lucky to play Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. I'm going to try to take most of it and prepare for next round.

Q. You obviously feel at home here.
IVAN LJUBICIC: Yeah, it's different. After the matches, after the day, you go home, except going to the hotel. I practice on this course every day of my life when I'm not at a tournament. It feels special. It relaxes me actually more. I don't feel like it's a normal tournament. I don't feel the tension of the tournament.
And I know that the members of the club and everybody here in Monaco talk about this tournament, the result of this tournament throughout the year. So for me it really means a lot if I do well here.

Q. It was a little bit difficult for you in Indian Wells and Miami. You seem to be fully fit again. How do you feel about your game?
IVAN LJUBICIC: No, game is good. Okay, I didn't play maybe well in Miami. But I really injured myself badly in Dubai. I had half hour of tennis between Dubai and Del Potro match in Indian Wells. I was not able to really practice, this ankle pain. For me now it's about staying fit, healthy, trying to stay away from injuries and pain.
At the moment, cross fingers, it's good. Of course, clay, it's a little easier on the joints, knees, ankles. I hope I'm going to stay fit for the rest of the season, if possible.

Q. During the conference Tsonga said he thought that he was a lot better player during a set and a half. Do you feel that way?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I don't know. I mean, I won the first set, so I cannot say that he was 'a lot better player'. I mean, definitely he had chances. I had my chances, too. It's about taking chances.
Before the match, I had an interview with one of your colleagues. I said the match is going to be about a couple of points. I think that was the fact. He was not able to close out the first set, and I took advantage of it. The second set again, he was a break up, and he was not able to close it. It's a little bit because I played better, but because he played bad.
I think he's that kind of personality. He feels always confident. He feels that he's the better player on the court. I think that's why he is where he is, you know, one of the best players in the world.

Q. You also said yesterday your game fits well to bother him.
IVAN LJUBICIC: I mean, this is my game. You know, you can like it or not like it. I cannot play Berdych's game, boom, boom, boom all the time. Sometimes you get matchups that your game doesn't suit your opponent. I also have a couple opponents that I don't like to play against, like David Ferrer. Sometimes these matchups don't suit you.
In Rotterdam I felt like I was playing maybe a little bit too aggressive, I was trying too much off the baseline. When the ball crosses the net a couple times, I feel like I have that little bit of edge, you know, between us. So maybe 55% of the rallies I'm going to win.
That was really my goal today, as well, not rushing into the rallies, trying to keep the ball across the net as much as possible.
He also had a tough match yesterday. I also had that in mind. I also served better today than I did in Rotterdam, which is also key. When you have two big servers, it's really important to be the one who is maybe a little bit higher. And I served well on the big points.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Video: Ljubicic Monte-Carlo 2011 Tuesday Interview

Video: Ljubicic Monte-Carlo 2011 Tuesday Interview

Monaco resident Ivan Ljubicic discusses his win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Vania King, Potito Starace, Ivan Ljubicic, Mardy Fish, and Thomas Berdych had an amazing day today as they had the chance to swim with the dolphins at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne....

Are you wondering why King is the only women who went to play with the dolphins??? Well, Gisela Dulk and Flavia Pennetta were invited too but they got the hour for this event wrong so they missed it... Dulko wrote on twitter that she was very disappointed because Flavia and her were really looking forward to do this...

Enjoy the pictures....

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open

Photos: Tennis Players Swim With Dolphins at at the Miami Seaquarium during the Sony Ericsson Open



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Monday, March 14, 2011

Videos: Indian Wells Features: Ljubicic and Davydenko

Here is the beginning of my post.

Ivan Ljubicic and Nikolay Davydenko answer some fun quick-fire questions at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.






Saturday, March 12, 2011

Del Potro Beats Ljubicic in Indian Wells

Del Potro Beats Ljubicic in Indian Wells

Juan Martin del Potro defeated Ivan Ljubicic 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

In the next round, Del Potro will play against Alexandr Dolgopolov, who scored a 6-4, 6-4 win over Victor Hanescu.

“I feel bad I beat the last champion, and of course a nice victory for my comeback,” said del Potro. “I played good tennis. I was focused all match on trying to take my opportunities. I think I played better than him, and that was the key of the match.”

Del Potro had a chance to break Ljubicic at 5-5 in the opening set but was not able to convert. The Croat held and then broke the Argentine to win the set.

The US Open 2009 Champion regrouped and broke Ljubicic three times to win the second and third set and sealed the victory after two hours and 38 minutes.

“It's not an easy draw, of course,” said Ljubicic. “He's a great player, and it was a great match. It was great entertainment for the crowd. We had some great points. I came up short in the end.”

“I couldn't really practice for the last three weeks, so I was just happy to go on court and try to play today,” he added about a recent injury he had. “I'm kind of pleased with the performance in the first set, but of course very disappointed that I couldn't go through. I felt like if I can win a round or two, I get back in shape, who knows what would happen. But of course del Potro played a solid game, as normally he [does], and it was too much for me today.”



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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Indian Wells: Ivan Ljubicic to defend title after injury

Indian Wells: Ivan Ljubicic to defend title after injury

Ivan Ljubicic, who in 2010 won the BNP Paribas Open title after defeating Andy Roddick in the final, expects to play at Indian Wells to defend his title after he recover from an ankle injury he suffered in Dubai.

Ljubicic arrived at Indian Wells last week and has been receiving treatment for the problem.

"I'm going to work on [my ankle] the first couple of days and enjoy this facility just for myself because no one is around and think about the past,” Ljubicic said. “I know as we get closer to the tournament, I have to focus on this year's tournament and not think about last year."

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tsonga into Open 13 Quarterfinals

Tsonga into Open 13 Quarterfinals

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Open 13 in Marseille.

Tsonga was broken once in the first set but didn’t face another breakpoint during the match.
The Frenchman broke his opponent three times over the next two sets, while both players finished with 11 aces.

In the quarterfinals, Tsonga will play against the winner of the tennis match between Mikhail Youzhny and Gilles Simon of France.

Simon advanced to the second round after beating Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 6-4.

In other first round results, Ivan Ljubicic defeated Andrey Golubev 6-2, 6-4 to set a second-round meeting with Dmitry Tursunov.

Ljubicic saved the lone break point he faced against Golubev.

"Today I started well. I had some problems in the second but I'm very satisfied," Ljubicic said. "He wasn't playing great but I also made sure he didn't get back in rhythm. If you give him easy balls he can play well. I served well and didn't give him chances and played aggressive on return games.

"At 2-1, 15/40 in the second set he had missed a couple of easy balls and I felt that I just needed to put the ball back in and he would miss. He didn't, and then things start to get complicated. He started to move better and I felt the pressure because I really wanted to close it in two sets and not go to three."



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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Gael Monfils wins Open Sud de France Title

Gael Monfils wins Open Sud de France Title

Gael Monfils beat Ivan Ljubicic6-2, 5-7, 6-1 to win the Open Sud de France title.

Monfils served 11 aces and while Ljubicic produced 39 unforced errors. The Croat struggled with his first serve and was broken five times.

“I played well today and I managed to stay in the match after losing my temper during the second set,” Monfils said. “Hopefully this will be the beginning of something, I have to realize that I’m able to play good tennis. But I don’t want to be carried away with this victory because the coming weeks will be very hard mentally.”

Monfils saved a break point with a forehand passing shot in the first game of the first set after double-faulting twice. He then broke Ljubicic in the fourth game and then broke again to close out the set.

The Frenchman took a 3-1 lead in the second set but Ljubicic to break back immediately. In the 11th game Monfils double-faulted and buried a forehand in the net to allow his opponent to take a 6-5 lead. Ljubicic then claimed the set with an ace.

Monfils broke for a 2-0 lead in the decider and then again in the fourth game and thanks to an ace sealed the win on his first match point.

“I had a fantastic week, unfortunately I was unable to win,” Ljubicic said. “I gave my best, it was not enough. Now I have big expectations for the Basel and Paris tournaments.”



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