Ljubicic Saves Davis Cup Tie at 1-1 Versus Romania

Posted on July 16, 2005

Ivan Ljubicic picked up for the faltering Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic Friday in Croatia's Davis Cup home tie versus Romania, rolling past Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(3) to even things at 1-1 after day one.

In the opening singles, Romanian stalwart Andrei Pavel outlasted Ancic in a 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 thriller lasting 3 hours and 40 minutes. Ancic delivered 31 aces to Pavel's six, but the Romanian was steadier from the baseline and proved his passing shots were a match for the Croatian's net-crushing game.

"I'm sorry is Mario. He played a great match, but few points here and there made the difference," Ljubicic said. "Maybe he wanted it too much."

Ancic led 6-1, 4-1 before again cementing his reputation as a player that cannot win the big matches.

Romanian captain Adrian Marcu said he would not unveil his doubles line-up until Saturday, but whoever the captain picks will be underdogs against the explosive team of Ancic-Ljubicic, who in their last Davis Cup outing beat the American Bryan brothers.