March Madness? It’s Roddick v. Ljubicic for the Indian Wells Title
by Sean Randall | March 20th, 2010, 9:45 pm
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Do I at least get some credit? At the start of the Indian Wells tennis event I had picked an Andy and a Croat to reach the final. And well, that’s happened. Only I thought the Andy would be Andy Murray and the Croat would be Marin Cilic. Instead, we are left with a bracket-buster of finale featuring Andy Roddick and Ivan Ljubicic dueling in the desert for the first Tennis Masters title of the season.

Earlier today Ljubicic played smart, heady tennis and a near perfect tiebreak to shock defending champion Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(1). In the second semifinal, Roddick earned his first career win over Robin Soderling defeating the Swede 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

While Roddick’s had a decent year to this point, Ljubicic’s arrival in the final is a big surprise – did anyone on this planet have him reaching this far? But the Croat’s had success in the desert before and this week the former Top 5 player has resurrected his big game.

“Probably the best I’ve ever played in my career,” said Ljubicic. “I enjoyed it, really… Great, great moment, and the fourth Masters finals, four different Masters, so I hope this one, it’s gonna be finally the victory.”

Today, Ivan used his now-31 years of experience to hang in against Nadal by cracking serves, keeping points short and blasting winners. Nadal aided Ivan’s efforts by making a ton of uncharacteristic errors and directing much of attack in the third set to the stronger Ljubicic backhand wing.

And when given an opening at a winner, Ljubicic let it rip and more often than not he found the range.

For Nadal, it’s another event without title, the last coming 10 months ago in Rome. It was, however, Nadal’s first event back from the knee problem in Australia and good news is is the knee seemed to hold up.

Also holding up is Roddick’s defensive game. Like it or not, more and more that’s been his strategy. Keep the ball in play and hope the other guy misses and today the more powerful Soderling was missing.

Roddick cruised in the first set behind an early break, then earned another break to begin the second. But credit to Soderling who didn’t go away. The Swede broke back then broke Roddick a second time to force the third.

In the decider Roddick again broke early but was remarkably broken back. Roddick grabbed another to salt the match away to reach his first final at Indian Wells.

“I think ultimately the fact that I put a lot of pressure on his service games ended up helping,” said Roddick who was broken three times in the last two sets. “I normally don’t need two breaks to win a set, but today I did.”

Said Soderling, “I felt I was still waiting for my best tennis. We played two sets and the conditions were a little bit tough. I felt that I was playing a little bit better at the end of the second set, but then he broke me. It wasn’t the greatest match, but I tried everything. He came up with some good shots at the end.”

So for tomorrow, we are left two of the biggest servers in one of the oldest Masters finals we’ve had in a while – Roddick 27, Ljubicic 31.

“I would love to have that win tomorrow, because it would mean the world to me,” said Ljubicic who has never won a Masters event. “I really feel like 2005, 2006 when I played my best tennis I deserved that one Masters. Tomorrow I’m gonna have another chance to go for it.”

Head-to-head Roddick has won seven of the 10 meetings most recently right at Indian Wells in 2007 when Andy won in two tiebreaks. I expect the same tomorrow with two, maybe three tight sets with Andy the favorite. He’s never won Indian Wells and even though I think Ljubicic has the edge in serve and backhand, I like that Andy’s playing in the U.S. and I think he’ll be steady enough tomorrow (even steadier than Nadal – strange to say!) to diffuse Ljubicic and his monster serve.

However, Ivan has been hot and a hot server can run the table. And the bald bomber has been up the challenge this week with wins over Nadal and Novak Djokovic. But can he make it a third win over a Grand Slam champion? I’m leaning no. The pick is Roddick.

In the women’s final, new No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki meets Jelena Jankovic in a battle of two counter-punching players who really like to keep the ball in play. Right now, though, Wozniacki does a better job of it. Plus, she’s younger, fitter and hopefully hungrier. If she can keep her wits she’ll win in straight sets.

The women’s final begins at noon with the men’s to follow at 2pm Indian Wells local time.


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207 Comments for March Madness? It’s Roddick v. Ljubicic for the Indian Wells Title

skeezerweezer Says:

Sean,

Where is everybody? Thanks for the description of the matches. I didn’t get a chance to see them so appreciate the rundown…

“Rafael Nadal a ‘More Complete Player’ Says Coach Roig”…….

“Ivan used his now-31 years of experience to hang in against Nadal by cracking serves, keeping points short and blasting winners.”

Dang I wish I saw this match, when does a 31 year old of even a slight chance at the top 3-4 players in the world nowadays?

Congrats to LUBE!


Skorocel Says:

Congrats to A-Rod for once again reaching a MS event final! It maybe took him a while to do so (Cincy 2006), but it certainly was worth the wait, wasn’t it? I hope you’re enjoying it Von! ;-)


Skorocel Says:

As strange as it may sound, the biggest winner apart from the guy who actually wins the tournament (who, as we already know, will be either A-Rod or Ljuby, of course) is Federer. Though he lost a couple of points here and there for not defending his semifinal effort from last year, neither Nadal, Djoker, or Murray (who frankly are the only players capable of dethroning Roger from his No. 1 spot in 2010) have reached (even) the finals either. Nadal will actually lose the most points as he was the defending champion, and Djoker’s and Murray’s gain on Federer (if there is any) will be only minimal… Life looks certainly good for Roger now ;-)


Skorocel Says:

“Do I at least get some credit? At the start of the Indian Wells tennis event I had picked an Andy and a Croat to reach the final.”

You indeed did pick them, Sean! ;-) LOL!


Kimmi Says:

Skorocel, you are very right about federer points. Djoko had huge opportunity here to close the gap because he was defending the least points of all top 4 but blew it.

Murray and Nadal are still too far behind but also could not gain much even if they win.

Yap, federer can breath a sigh of relief in this tournamnet. Now..moving forward to Miami!


Von Says:

Skorocel: Thanks mucho. I watched in bits and pieces, nerves, mon ami, nerves. I read the comments by jane and Kimmi when watching A-Rod get broken after leading in the 2nd and third sets, became frustratingly unbearable.

BTW: Yes, Fed was a winner at IW despite not defending his SF points, as the other top guys could not take capitalize on the opportunity that Fed’s loss presented.
________________
Sean: Yes, you earned mucho kudos for picking an Andy and a Croat. Bravo, Sean!!


Voicemale1 Says:

And we might see some points shift in Miami also. Murray won it over Djokovic in the Final last year, but nothing either of them did at Indian Wells suggests they can duplicate those efforts this time around. Del Potro, a SF there last year is gonna pass this time – so he will lose points. Federer lost ins a racquet samshing SF to Djokovic last year – but regardless of how well or poorly he does nothing hurts his #1 ranking. Nadal lost in the QF last year to Del Potro, so he’ll have to reach at least there to stop his point hemorrhage.


Von Says:

Skeezer: If you have access to Tennis Channel, the matches played today will be re-aired in a couple of hours.


contador Says:

ahh, Sure. i’ll give you credit. why not.

and agree with your pick for tomorrow, sort of. the “bald bomber,” (i like that) has a chance, i’ll be surprised but ljbie may just finish the job, somehow. roddick would have to have help by having a bad day, i think. i doubt that will happen. either way, would be proud of andy if he wins, an happy for ljubicic if he does. would be such a needed confidence booster for roddick, if he wins!

biggest winner, Federer? maybe. i’d like to think you are right, skorocel. he has to be helathy and able to conquer the likes of baghdatis, or any hot early round hot contender. it’s not so easy anymore. ; (

it was the best match of the tournament, i thought, skeezerweezer. unexpected, really.


skeezerweezer Says:

Skorocel,

“Good knowledge” on post at March 20th, 2010 at 10:15 pm.

Thanks for diggin that stuff up :)


skeezerweezer Says:

contador Says,

“Bald Bomber”. I love these nick names…lol! Can someone post them all?

Please put the players name then the nick name….this gang is too much :) :)

When you said the best match of the tourney, did you mean the Lube/Rafa match?

Von,

I do not have the Tennis Channel…..I know..my bad :(


Kimmi Says:

baggy v federer best match contador..high quality thruought.

i am still happy with federer game even though he lost to baggy, his serve, FH and BH was clicking throughout. (little mistake here and there)as he said in his presser he only needs more match play to get the confidence of making proper shot selection on big points. go get them Rog!


Von Says:

skeezer: Use their live streaming. Thetennischannel.com

And, spring for the extra $8 bucks per month will ya, by supporting the network. You’ll see tennis ALL YEAR LONG. And, NO, I don’t receieve a commission for selling subscriptions. LOL.


skeezerweezer Says:

Gotta give some props to Nadal for making it to the doubles final. Rafa is not your typical natural doubles player. He had to Volley, Serve, have a decent transition game and a good partner, all of which he had. Rafa fans should take some delight in that!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

skeezer talking about double final..nadal/M.lopez have taken first set 7-6 against Zim/nestor…they could win this!


skeezerweezer Says:

Von,

Thanks! Ok….gotta do that! Used to have it but with the new package it is an add on….so … ok, I was cheap! But no more!….I am getting tired of the streaming stuff…..

$8? And you don’t receive a commission? You should, Ha!


skeezerweezer Says:

Kimmi :)

Re: Doubles final… yes and if he wins? Rafa, the doubles magician!

But IMO regardless of the outcome..he has already proven he can play doubs, no?

Fed/Baggy match yeah that one we all watched together :) and was the best match I saw also. But I had to reserve judgement as I haven’t seen them all…:)


jane Says:

Okay, am clearly confused. For some reason I thought Rafa and Lopez already WON the doubles final. I must’ve been looking at the wrong scores; that or I had a premonition. It’s looking like they’re going to win the doubles title. So redemption on tap?


skeezerweezer Says:

Jane,

7-6. Rafa, 4-2 30-15 love Rafa team as of this post :)


Kimmi Says:

hehehe rafa beating the No 1 seed in doubles..niiiice!


jane Says:

Yes, losing it. Must have been one of my visions. LOL. Anyhow, it’s coming true! Good for Rafa, will be a consolation anyhow.


Von Says:

jane: Remember, assumptions and/or predictions not allowed during the match. LOL.


skeezerweezer Says:

Very smart move on the “Rafa Team” to play doubs, as he is criticized for a brutal one dimensional game. If he can whe and learn to play doubs, which apparently he already has, it for sure will help his singles game…

Congrats Rafa…niiiiice win you doubles Master!


Von Says:

Rafa/Lopez winning in singles has helped the bryans. Whappa!!

_________________
jane: The match you’re watching is a re-broadcast — in other words, you haven’t lost it YET. Now, tomorrow, is a different story, you could lose it THEN. LOLZ


jane Says:

Von, I posted that Nadal/Lopez had in fact won the title hours ago! LOL. No prediction, it was a statement as I thought I’d seen it on the scores. All this marking is making me go cross-eyed. Don’t worry, there will be no predictions tomorrow, promise. Will only comment on shots, cheer, swoon, whatever – but no assumptions!


Kimmi Says:

I was reading somewhere that the last time a top 4 has not been in the master series 1000 final is Paris 2008. Tsonga v nalbandian. Its amazing how the top 4 has dominated these tournaments.


Voicemale1 Says:

I guess in hindsight, Nadal actually fared better here than any of the Top 4 guys: Federer lost in the 32′s; Djokovic lost in the 16s; and Murray lost in the Quarters. So of the four, Nadal actually had the best results among them reaching the SF in Singles and winning the Doubles Championship.


contador Says:

Kimmi, maybe.
baggy v federer was ( i only could watch all of it after the fact, on my dvr ) but i thought federer was making too many UE’s and was moving a half-step slow to his forehand side especially. his first serves were letting him down too much too. he was fighting to win but couldn’t. hopefully the loss gets him going and back up to speed. if possible.

baghdatis played phenomenally well. but fed, as described above was not up to the task. my typical federer fan, federer “watcher” excuse: not enough time for, you know, recuperating. i won’t be able to use that excuse come Miami. but a lung infection of any sort? – it’s reasonable to think interfered with his preparation for IW.

i’ve been watching the AO final, again. and federer was fast, moving much better that in that match v baggy. but he reads andy murray so well now, the movement is likely a familiar natural anticipation. fed’s serve was good enough during AO 10. but i like it when he is able to shoot those first serves in, in any clutch moment and not be DF’ing all over the place like he did in the US Open against delPo. actually the best he has served in a long time, imo, was against soderling at the US Open…then against nole his serve was so-so. and in the final v JMDP- putz… far too many into net. stiff back, low ball toss,

digressing…..there

i thought all along today that nadal would win. he had his game face on and was hitting some “filthy, sick” winners, as JG put it. rafa’s speed looked 100%. his serve let him down toward the end but by then ivan had rafa figured out and was serving with relaxed confidence.

rafa uncharacteristically lost some fight in that tie breaker. very surprised at the outcome of the tie-break.

miami draw not out yet. boo


Von Says:

Voicemale1:

Rafa and Roddick seem to have reverse roles at IW this year and in ’09. Roddick reached the SF and won the doubles in ’09. And, Rafa got to the SF this year and won the doubles.


Von Says:

Kimmi @ 10;47 pm, they are supposed to dominate, and it’s why they are referred to as the *Top 4*.


Von Says:

jane: I know you had posted the results of the doubles earlier today, and it’s why I’m saying that you’ve not lost it, YET.


sar Says:

When do the Miami draws come out?


contador Says:

the atp site says info not available until the 22nd on the draw, i thought qualies might be out.

the official miami site has their list of entrants-posted like a month ago – alomst.

of course my agenada here sar is finding where in the world is Gulbis. ;)


sar Says:

Gulbis. Yes, where is that youngster?


contador Says:

meant to type “almost” not “alomst” lol…..

the wild cards at the bottom of official list is what i am looking at. and i don’t know if moya is still on. rumors, all rumors at this point.


Kimmi Says:

Gulbis is ranked 45 now? it will be a pity if he cannot play coz his ranking now is high enough to get a direct entrance.

But i guess at the time they apply..his ranking was not high enough? its very confusing!


sar Says:

Heard Nishikori is out and Filip Krajinovic is in.


contador Says:

well sar, TT journo says he’s in buenos aires but what? is he practicing there? I can;t even find a challenger event in buenos aires.


contador Says:

yeah kimmi. they make the list and gave out the WC’s 2/17, from what i can tell. so gulbis was like 98 or 92 at that time.


sar Says:

Good night all.


contador Says:

where are you finding info, sar?


contador Says:

okay. i give up too.

good night, people.


skeezerweezer Says:

contador Says:

“i thought federer was making too many UE’s and was moving a half-step slow to his forehand side especially.”

Excellant :) Yes I have been harping on that, and this tourney, and his alleged ” Mono ” run sometime ago.

I don’t like to give any of the guys excuses IF they have injuries before a tourney and THEN decide to play.

If you decide to play, you play to win with no excuses( This doesn’t include players that get in an injury DURING a tourney, and then have to quit.).

And before you hump on me, it’s just IMO not some Godlike epiphany….

Unless you want to talk Michael Jackson…….Hee Hee!

But I did point this out earlier watching Fed, for what ever the reason is, if his movement is on, with his serve, I really don’t care who he is playing. Shammooon!

I did not see that this tourney (good movement), and IMO that is where the errors come in for him. My take…..:)

RE: “i thought all along today that nadal would win. he had his game face on and was hitting some “filthy, sick” winners, as JG put it. rafa’s speed looked 100%. his serve let him down toward the end but by then ivan had rafa figured out and was serving with relaxed confidence. ”

IMO you are going to see more of that from the top 10 as beating Rafa is all about strategy, not muscle ( not saying much for my man Fed, ha! Fed, dude! Please stop trying to hit a BH to Rafa’s FH and think you’re going to win the point! lol )


Kimmi Says:

contador, OK, I watched fed v baggy once when live ofcourse while very nervours..maybe i missed few things, but I thought it was a very high quality match from both…

these guys Baggy and Benneteau will now have a lot of confidence when they play federer next knowing that they can beat him recently:( need to watch them out in the draw..


tennisfan#1 Says:

this doubles win will do nothing for rafa’s singles game. my fear has come true. rafa is done winning slams. the knees will not allow it. cheers.


Kimmi Says:

should be *knowing that THEY HAVE BEATEN HIM RECENTLY*

oh..i give up too


contador Says:

oh, i’d say, “put up your dukes” skeezerweezer, but i’m too tired from trying to track down EG on this or that forum.

sure fed comes into a tourny, recovering from and illness and gets crap for it. nadal enters a tourny with sore knees or tape on his tummy and gets praise. excuses validated.

it’s all good.


tennisfan#1 Says:

federer seriously might win the cakendar slam if he keeps going the way he is going. indian wells meant nothing to federer as he was there to get match practice. i can almost gaurantee you he wins miami next week. cheers.


Huh Says:

Good for Ljubi for beating Rafa, but I want Roddick to win this masters title and he will!

COME ON RODDICK!!!


tennisfan#1 Says:

federer will play nadal in the semis of miami if they make it. nadal has isner in the 4th round and cilic in the quarters of miami. he will play karlovic in the 3rd round as well.


contador Says:

fed needed match play. i didn’t pick him to win, or anything. he was a step slow, so what. it was still a great match v baggy.

my opinion, the level of play after the first set and drama was best in the ljubie v rafa match. simply a matter of taste. *sigh*


Kimmi Says:

tennisfan, so the draw is out?


contador Says:

cool…..tennis fan#1. a fedal semi.

okay the draw must finally be out. i am falling asleep tho and stopped looking


Kimmi Says:

where is it, i can’t find it


Huh Says:

BTW, congrats to Sean for his bold predictions. ;)


Huh Says:

I m sad for Murray however, he is truly shaken after that AO loss, otherwise he’d not have lost in straight sets.


contador Says:

tennis fan#1

are you making that up? yeah, where is it


contador Says:

hopefully Huh, the muzzah is shaken and now stirred into action. no more fooling around, right?

nice to see you, Huh. hope your studies are going well.


Daniel Says:

Roddick will win hands down! He is not missing the court at all, the other guy needs a winner to win a point agaisnt him.

He doesn’t have a weak (no huge first serves)service game as Nadal does, so if Roddick manages a break it will be very hard for Ljub to break back. I think at least one tiebreak we’ll see tomorrow.

Skorocel is right, Fed 3000 gap remains intact, n 2 and 3 are finalist and winner in Miami. And when clay start, Nadal and Djoko have almost all finals and winner to defend. Fed needs only decend results from now until RG, where if he makes semi-final I still think he will be n. 1.
This means he will surpass Pete’s 286 weeks after RG.

The only way for him to lose n. 1 after the French is if he loses before quarter finals or if one guy wins 4000-5000 points between Miami and RG.
Murray: no way; Djoko: big maybe 1% shot: Nadal is the only one who can wins 2 MS on clay + RG, but with so much points he has to defend before RG, even if he reclaims RG, won’t be enough to hurt Roger.

So, basically, Federer will break 286 weeks as n. 1 after RG unless he doesn’t play (Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Madrid) and lose before semis in RG.

I say he has a 95% chance of entering Wimbledon as n. 1 right now.


skeezerweezer Says:

contador Says:

oh, i’d say, “put up your dukes”….

Ahhh.. after re-reading my post I didn’t mean to direct the whole post to you but got carried away with a comment to the blog as I was typing on…I am tired and late too. :(

‘And before you hump on me, it’s just IMO not some Godlike epiphany….”….yikes

Have a good night and don’t forget to “smile” once before you go to sleep….it’s a “blog thing”…:)


tennisfan#1 Says:

sorry guys. i was looking at a draw from a different year. i will continue to look for it, and will let you know. sorry about that.


contador Says:

i am joking…..skeezerweezer, i could tell you were carried away. being “carried away” isn’t bad, especially if you imagine someone “humping on you” lolzzzzzzz hahhahahhahaha


contador Says:

don’t feel strange, tennisfan#1

i goggoled or googled i mean, sony erikkson miami draw 2010 and clicked on that 2008 draw to. *giggling*

suspected you did something similar. : )


Daniel Says:

On March 22nd Fed will have 275 weeks as n.1 and untill RG starts, on May 23rd, there are 9 more weeks. He will enter the French with 284 weeks as n.1 (it’s almost impossible for him to not enter RG as n.1 as of now and with next events prospects for the other 3 contenders).
So, even if he loses earlie in RG he is secure to have 286 weeks when RG ends, because he will have 2 more during the tourney.

One thins is for sure, he will tie Pete’s record on June 6th.


skeezerweezer Says:

contador,

I cannot respond to that on this PG thread, but let me just say your post was…

“Classic!” :)

Thanks and Goodnight!


contador Says:

i was being perfectly innocent. you already admitted having having your mind out in the gutter one in a while with your guy friends…quite normal…. hahahaa

get your WTF Network going. do it!


contador Says:

sorry, skeez. i am still laughing…..the humping part went along in my mind with the men’s kazakhstani synchronized swimmer’s as reported on WTF Network wrestling some whales off niihau, right?

humpbacks weren’t they, i mean the whales, that is?


TD (Tam) Says:

oh great Sean Randall is trying to jinx Roddick. :p

Good luck to Andy tonight- jinx or no jinx!


Dory Says:

My prediction: Roddick in straight sets although I’d like Ljubicic to win.


sonic Says:

This is clearly one of those destiny type of tournaments for Ljubicic, so no chance for Roddick. Think Ivanisevic Wimbledon, Henman Paris, etc. There can be only one winner, and it won’t be Roddick. Sometimes things just workout that way, and Lube deserves a TMS to crown his career.


Hartmut Hesse Says:

Indian Wells Analysis

Roddick back on track?

Before the beginning of the 2010 season I was in doubt that Andy Roddick can keep his top 10 ranking until the end of the year. Now he is in the final of the first Masters 1000 Tournament of the year, his 8th career Masters series final. And on top of that he plays Ivan Ljubicic, ranked outside the top 20 in the world in front of his home crowd in the USA. I see him as a 80% – 20 % winner in this match up and improve his record against Ljubicic to 8 – 3.
I am sure that the Indian Wells title will boost Roddicks confidence and especially his motivation for the rest of the year so much, that I have to take back my prediction that he will drop out of the top 10 by the end of the year. With this boost he might be able to keep up the faith to win another Grand Slam tournament, the one thing that keeps him going like he says. I think that he will never come as close again as in last years Wimbledon Final where he almost beat Roger Federer. I think he is far away from winning another Grand Slam, even with a newly found confidence and high motivation.
He might do well in Miami too, but the clay court season is coming soon and his confidence will go down the drain again. He will have a lot of pressure defending his points in Wimbledon and I don’t see him in the semi-final this year. The top 4, and even Del Potro and Davydenko are just too strong for him and he will face one of these players in the quarter-finals already.
But with a win in Indian Wells he might be able to hold off players like Tsonga, Soderling, Cilic, Verdasco, Monfils and Gonzales for bit longer. Without his fortunate draw at Indian Wells I am sure he would have not been able to go this far in a Masters 1000 event.
With Del Potro and Davydenko injured, Roger probably only thinking about a possible Grand Slam, Nadal out of form, Djokovic not able to control his emotions in a match-up of Serbia against Croatia and Murray losing surprisingly to Soderling, he could have not asked for more circumstances.
But what will the top 6 do in Miami. Even Roger will try to do a little better, and we will see how much Roddick has left in the tank after 10 days in the desert of California.
If he really wins the final tonight he will pass Soderling, but I doubt that he will be still ahead of him in the rankings after Miami. He has a Quarterfinal to defend, while Robin Soderling lost in the 2nd round last year.

So, is Roddick back on track? I don’t see it. He might get a boost for a little while, but in April we will see different players with confidence and faith. A lot of them will carry a Spanish passport by the way…

Hartmut Hesse
http://hartmut-hesse-tennis.blogspot.com/
Planet Tennis
Professional Tennis Training


Kimmi Says:

sonic, LOL that was good!


NELTA Says:

I watched the doubles final this morning on Tennis Channel. Great match! M Lopez looks like some kid they just grabbed off the street. Not an athletic body, kind of dumpy and heavy legged, but he made some great shots. They had a lot of fun playing together and were relaxed the whole match. Nestor and Zim were tight and made a lot of errors.

Nadal is feeling much better today I can tell you that. They had quite a celebration after closing it out on their 1st match point which showed how much winning that doubles title with his friend meant.

Oh by the way he ditched the criss cross brown pants and went with classic white for the doubles final. You won’t be seeing those in Miami.


jane Says:

Hartmut,

Interesting analysis, but I think Roddick could still win a slam – his game is more rounded now, and he’s always motivated. Do you really think his losses on clay affect his confidence? I don’t see it.

As for Djoko’s loss, I don’t believe it had anything to do with this: “Djokovic not able to control his emotions in a match-up of Serbia against Croatia” — Djoko and Ljubicic are actually friends. They both live in Monte Carlo, and they hit together sometimes.


skeezerweezer Says:

Jane,

Agreed on the “Hartmut Paper” regarding Roddick. Anyways, checked out his blog, “nada” for me..


andrea Says:

i hope ivan wins it. as the years go on, i can watch roddick less and less as a player. he’s so twitchy and fidgety it’s uncomfortable. he’s great in press conferences but his style of play drives me nuts.

soderling gave that match away…too bad.


skeezerweezer Says:

“contador Says:

sorry, skeez. i am still laughing…..the humping part went along in my mind with the men’s kazakhstani synchronized swimmer’s as reported on WTF Network wrestling some whales off niihau, right?

humpbacks weren’t they, i mean the whales, that is?

March 21st, 2010 at 2:03 am”

I woke up reading that laughing so hard I couldn’t finish my coffee haha :)

the humpbacks,,,,you added that in that was sooo good lol!


Huh Says:

Thanks Contador! :)
How is the spring at ur place? Here, in Myanmar, it’s fine.


Voicemale1 Says:

I wouldn’t be too quick to write off Ivan just yet. He’s beaten TWO Top 10 players en route to this Final. His Serves, both First and Second are as effective as Roddick’s. The Ljubicic backhand is a much more aggressive shot than Roddick’s backhand. And Ljubicic is more comfortable at the net. He’s not even giving away that many years to Roddick either. Do not be surprised if the Birthday Boy bags this one.


sar Says:

Djokovic not able to control his emotions in a match-up of Serbia against Croatia

Hartmet
Djoko usually wins against Ljub. I don’t think Croat/Serb thing has anything to do with it.


blank Says:

Why is Federer skipping Monte Carlo masters but playing Estoril?!!


Kimmi Says:

blank, that is what he said in his schedule…I guess the ranking points in monte carlo not so important to him.

BTW Monte carlo is not a mandatory tournament anymore..a few other top players are not playing this year also (Murray, Roddick, gonzalez)…I also see davydenko not in the list but could be due to his injury.


jane Says:

Ladies’ final about to begin: anyone watching?


Kimmi Says:

Hi jane, I am watching. Woz started a little slow and JJ ground strokes her hot..no UE so far…c’mon woz!


jane Says:

JJ has started well. Let’s see if Caroline can come back from this double break.


Kimmi Says:

JJ is playing like the time she was No 1 suddenly..She was struggling like hell the whole year…


Kimmi Says:

Oh noooo woz..that was her point


margot Says:

jane: the good news about Andy and Djko not being in the final is that there will be no danger of grey hairs or bitten fingernails tonight or your house having a clean, I guess! I’ll be very, very happy if Andy wins but if it’s Lubi, well hey good for him say I.


Kimmi Says:

yeah, JJ starts to leak errors..wozniacki get one break back!! looks like we have the match!


jane Says:

Caroline seemed to be picking up her level, to get one break back, but now JJ might take it back: love-40. So far, JJ is the better player and Woz seems a little out matched.


Kimmi Says:

oh noo..bad game by woz


jane Says:

margot – yes. very much echo your sentiments. Not sure if the dirty house is a good thing, lol. Oh well, will get to that spring cleaning soon enough.


jane Says:

Woz is not playing well today, but by contrast, JJ is playing fabulously, great anticipation, excellent movement, and she’s also positioning herself well on the baseline and not always lapsing into passive defense as she is sometimes wont to do.


blank Says:

Thanks Kimmi. Roger is defending some 90 points there..so not a big deal. Rafa is defending 1000, Nole 600 and Murray 360.

Off topic. Curling > Tennis. Unbelievable!


Kimmi Says:

I hope woz can find her game here..or maybe wheather the storm…this match is too one sided.


blank Says:

Actually same thing happened last year. Roger didn’t have Monte Carlo in his schedule saying it didn’t fit in to his preparation for FO, but somehow later jumped into the fray. I hope he stays out this time and preserves his body for the rest of the year.


Andrew Miller Says:

I am voting for the Yank to win.

As for Caro-Janko, I am voting against the Jank. Going for the newbie.


Kimmi Says:

jj great tournament for her…good to see her back


jane Says:

Congrats to JJ – what a fantastic display of tennis from her! I have not seen her play like that in ages. So good at defense and offense, so focused (no drama); that was really her at her best. Her serve could still be stronger though; if that were a Williams sister as her opponent it wouldn’t've been so smooth. : ) Wozniacki can learn from that experience when she rewatches the tape. Too many errors, too passive.


sar Says:

Wow, Chips Brooks her new coach, fabulous.
She deserved this win. Hope she’s back.


Kimmi Says:

yeah jane, JJ has been struggling since she finished 2008 as world number 1. I agree this was her best perfomance for a looong time. If she continues like this she will get back to the top in no time. most top women are struggling right now with confidence so she could take this opportunity and get back there.


jane Says:

Well, the boys are taking the court …


Kimmi Says:

roddick started with 0-40, very nervous.he manage to regroup though and hit some big serve to get out of the hole!


jane Says:

Rod’s getting Lube enmeshed in some long rallies; Sean is right about his defense. He’s forcing Lube to make mistakes.


skeezerweezer Says:

Lube for real…down love 40 boom serve boom serve…hold…


Kimmi Says:

same pattern here..ljub hold from 0-40 down..hmmmm


skeezerweezer Says:

Hellloooo ladies :)


margot Says:

Hmm, Andy’s in the groove but Lubi seems to be struggling with his serve and not volleying too well. Andy in 2?


Kimmi Says:

skeeezer..how’r u DOING? Ljuby can’t find those big serves here…

oh, there it is! thats it lube


jane Says:

Lube is at 40% first serves in, six games into the match; meanwhile Rod is at 78% first serves in, with 4 aces to Lube’s 3. Just thought I would mention those stats. ; )


Sean Randall Says:

Nice win for JJ…

Tracy Austin says Ljubicic’s big weapon other than his serve is his forehand…? It’s not. It’s his backhand! Tracy should stick to women’s tennis.

With Roddick, he’s not hitting his up-the-line two handed backhand as much as he was a year ago. Just watch, about 95% of his two-handers are crosscourt. Even on the passing shots. I think Ivan has clearly recognized that. We’ll see if it matters.


Kimmi Says:

40% jane..no wonder he is struggling. but still holding, so all is good so far.

Lube needs to raise his serving or else its roddick title..

Lube started slow in Nadal match too but picked it up later

Great serving in this game from Lube so far


Kimmi Says:

tension from lube..roddick winning more point on long rallies

duece

Lube find first serves and hold


skeezerweezer Says:

Kimmi!

Doin great, just finished some tennis yesterday!

Agassi, Sampras, Fed and I had a great time. Was able to fill in cause Rafa wasn’t available. He already said he had a matched planned, so he couldn’t make it? Something about a doubs match he had to play at IW? WTF? Talk about icing the other guys….

Thus…Skeezer filled in. All was good except when Pete served a ball right at my head at me while I was resting on the bench at the changeover! WTF?

Well, let me just say I thought it was a cheap shot. I guess I shouldn’t have asked him when he came in to the club if he valet’d or not.


madmax Says:

only here for a moment kimmi, but just wanted to drop in and say hi to all of you, hope you have had a great weekend of tennis so far, and who ever you are supporting, am sure it will be great tennis.

i think roddick might do it today. He just broken Luby – some good shots from both players already.

I think it’ll take Lube a while to warm up, he’ll probably take the second set and then it will be roddick in the third!

have a good evening everyone and see you all tomorrow.

c’mon the Fed!


Kimmi Says:

skeezer..hahahah..i guess federer Fh was Ok then?

Roddick winning more points on long rallies, I would like to see the stats on that.

Roddick break point here!! taking it to the the lube

Duece..lube finds the big serves when he needs it

and another


Kimmi Says:

Madmax..roddick has not broken lube yet..or is my stream a little behind


jane Says:

Ljub is mentally strong. But he is definitely not serving as consistently well as Andy, at this point in the match. He has more aces, but Andy’s taking advantage of the majority of the second serves he sees, and he’s seeing more of them.


jane Says:

No Kimmi – no breaks yet, though close a few times…


blank Says:

Ljub not looking good in the rallies.


skeezerweezer Says:

Battle of the servers right now. Who can keep it going?


stu Says:

Hello everyone. Figured i’d be interested in watching this strange final match up! Just started my stream – any early predictions?


Kimmi Says:

tie break!


Kimmi Says:

lube with a mini break


jane Says:

Tiebreak — woot!

Hi stu, no predictions. I am not allowed. : /


Kimmi Says:

hahah jane..yeah no prediction

lube 3-0 ahead..c’mon roddick


stu Says:

Based on the way he held his nerve to go up 3-0 in the TB, I’d say Ljube to win after his 3rd big scalp!


Kimmi Says:

that was a good kick second serve from Lube


Kimmi Says:

6-3 lube 3 set points here..Roddick will kick hiself he he loses the set here..I though he was a better players in this set


Fot Says:

So much for those who predicted Roddick in straight sets. Old man Luby just won the first set in a tie breaker!


skeezerweezer Says:

Wow, Lube 1rst set. Didn’t like the point Roddick played at 3-5…ugh!


margot Says:

Oops! …….or not…….


jane Says:

Like I said above @ 5:54, Ljub is mentally very strong, surprisingly focused, and he just played another good tiebreak, not quite as dominating as the one over Nadal, but still very strong. It’s not easy to beat A-Rod in a tiebreak, especially when he is serving so well.

Still 2 sets to go! Anyone’s match.


Kimmi Says:

yeah skeezer, he approched down the line to the net..ofcourse lube will pass cross court..bad approach


jane Says:

Kimmi – totally agree with you @ 6:08. Roddick played better, but tiebreaks are always crapshoots.


Kimmi Says:

jane..you were able to read that..a lot of typos but yeah, too bad.

Lube starts serving first here, if that is any help!


Sean Randall Says:

Good set from Ivan who’s really hanging on thanks to his serve. He’s been pretty bad off the ground but he stepped up big in the breaker.

When “on”, offense will usually beat a good defense. That’s what happened in that breaker.

Roddick’s playing good defense but if Ivan keeps serving big he’s going to have a tough time breaking the Croat. That said, I’m not sure Ivan’s going to break Andy so more tiebreaks could be in story.


andrea Says:

interesting so far. let’s see if roddick holds it together. he definitely needs this win mentally more than ivan.


jane Says:

What I’ve noticed is that Ljub is winning a few more points off his second serve now than he was initially. He’s still getting only 56% firsts in for the match, but he’s now doubled Andy’s ace count.

His backhand is definitely stronger than his forehand imo; not sure what Austin was on about there.


skeezerweezer Says:

Ok I will stick out my neck this far, this set won’t be over in 7 games……..


Kimmi Says:

Roddick starting to show some frustrations


skeezerweezer Says:

Roddick gotta keep focused for now holding server or else…..


skeezerweezer Says:

Uh, sorry, “Server” means “Serve” in Dinari. I was speaking in Dinari……


skeezerweezer Says:

How can Roddick get a short sitter of a great serve, and hit it back to the 31 yr old. Geeeez…c’mon Andy!


skeezerweezer Says:

There ya go. Fianlly! Good hold….


stu Says:

right, andrea. Roddick needs to win this for his confidence over the clay season. But how many more chances will the Ljube ever have?!


Kimmi Says:

DF 0-30..chance for roddick?


skeezerweezer Says:

AR Breaker Breaker!


Kimmi Says:

breakpoint roddick…lets see


Kimmi Says:

Big serve lube

Duece

Another BP roddick


jane Says:

Lots of break chances for Roddick here…


Kimmi Says:

duece


jane Says:

How many deuces is that now?


Kimmi Says:

he got the T serve back this time..and winner down the line (breaks the racket in the process)


Kimmi Says:

lube is soooo tense

errors are coming for lube

Duece


skeezerweezer Says:

Nada! Lube serving too good in the clutch…..137mph…that is huge


Kimmi Says:

another big serve and lube hold. 5-4 Phew!!


jane Says:

Very tight match … so tense.


Kimmi Says:

great response from Roddick 5-5

Lube is getting tense lets see what he does here


jane Says:

Actually it’s not tense in A-Rod’s games, just Ljub’s! Andy’s serving too well and Ljub is not even close to a break; has he even seen a break point this set? (Ljub’s had 3 all match; Andy’s has 6. Neither has converted one! WOW!)

First easy hold for Ljub in a while.

Looking like another TB.


Kimmi Says:

Roddick needs to hold to force another tie breaker

Roddick needs to start well in tie breaker if he gets there – more aggressive


Fot Says:

I’m going to make a prediction right now. Regardless of who wins this match (Luby or Roddick), I think both will have an early exit from Miami. Just a hunch.


Kimmi Says:

tie breaker!!


jane Says:

Tiebreak will decide if we get 3 sets or not!


Kimmi Says:

dink dink dink on the net…lube mini break


stu Says:

i’m very impressed. nole and rafa will sleep well tonight.


Kimmi Says:

oooh! lube is serving sooooo big UNBELIVABLE

4-1 lube


skeezerweezer Says:

Not looking good for AR…..


Kimmi Says:

5-1 lube..Roddick is in a BIG trouble


jane Says:

Wow Luby, dooby do! He is one heck of a tiebreak player.


Kimmi Says:

still plenty of time for lube to choke


Kimmi Says:

4 match points lubeeeeeeee!


skeezerweezer Says:

3 match points…..LUBE?


skeezerweezer Says:

Now 3 match points LOL


Kimmi Says:

DF on match point..Roddick still life


jane Says:

Nerves, finally, from Lube! 6-3.


jane Says:

6-4…


Kimmi Says:

INCREDIBLE Ljuby..He won…

Congrats the lube..

Sonic was right…this was DESTINY!!


stu Says:

I feel for Andy. The only way he could have lost this match in straights is if they were both TBs!


stu Says:

but yay Ljube! hats off to ya!


skeezerweezer Says:

WOW….as someone said earlier….when is Lube at 31 ever gonna win another big one like this? Good for him,, bummer for Andy. Although AR is playing a lot better this year so far.

WOW Again, Lube beat Nole, Rafa, ROddick. Hey the guy had to have some groundies to beat these guys….

But his serving was awesome, very good control and confidence in his serving game….


jane Says:

WOW – huge win for Ljubicic. Congrats to him!! First masters in his career in 31 years, taking out Djoko, Rafa, Roddick. What an effort. How did he fight off the nerves. Good thing he’d built up that lead in the tiebreak because Andy did well to get it within sight.

Too bad for Roddick : ( It just seemed like Ljub was inexorable in this tournament, like fate.

Sorry to TD (Tam) and Von – Rod’s longtime fans around here.


margot Says:

What an amazing tournament and his first title at 31!!
Commisserations to all Andy fans, congrats to all Lubi fans.
Night all.


Fot Says:

Well Luby played (served) well. Sorry to Von and all the Roddick fans, but Ljubicic played the tie-break much better than Roddick so it’s good to see him win. I can’t believe he was once ranked #3 in the world and yet this is his first Master’s title ever! Congratulation to Ljubicic on his victory today.


skeezerweezer Says:

Jane,

WOW..Maybe you and I should check each others notes before posting! Was I you? Were you me? LOL>>


Andrew Miller Says:

Even if 7-6, 7-6…Roddick should be disappointed.

Not a good loss.


skeezerweezer Says:

AR….My fav guy to listen too, love the wit and honesty…class guy


jane Says:

skeeze: don’t we say “punch buggy” or “six beer” even better? You owe me a half dozen dude – next time curling rolls round. : D

Andy Roddick – perfect speech. Just PERFECTO!


goat galz Says:

Von
The whole thing was open for Roddick. All he had to do was beat a top 20′s player who is an old man. Journeyman Roddick. LOL


stu Says:

Now Jane and the Ljub are thinking alike :)


jane Says:

Awwww Lube and Andy – showing such respect bros!


jane Says:

I am tellin ya skeeze; I have premonitions. LOL.


stu Says:

hard not to like Ljub. such an earnest tennis player :)


Kimmi Says:

love the speech from both players..

So ljub was thinking of quiting! well, at 31 he still has it in him. he was not able to win one of these at his pick years..when he was world # 3 but I guess fate can make it happen. Congrtas old man

Now off to miami!


steve Says:

Wow, great job by Ljubicic. Congrats.

Sad for Roddick, though, but he’ll be back.


Kimmi Says:

pick s/b peak


sar Says:

Two unlikely winners this year. A Balkan final. Ljubicic played great all week, beating 2, 3 and the American at home. He deserved it.


Von Says:

And, Goat Galz the fulminator, strikes again!!!!

Tell me GG, which instrument would you like to use, a machete or a sword to do the job!! I think the sword would go deeper, don’t you thing?? I have one request, while you’re at it please make it a clean plunge into the AORTA, which is more effective, IMO, and then you can sit back to relish the fruits of your good deed. I’m answering you against my better judgment,and I gotta tell you, you’re one heck of a human being. Enjoy the ride on the gloat train.


skeezerweezer Says:

Goat galz,

I don’t know who your fav is, but by your remarks he wasn’t in the final. Your post insults both players accomplishments. The “Old man” ( in the same tourney ) beat a current #2, a former #1 ranked player over Fed ( is one of those your Fav?. His winning over AR IMO didn’t seem that far fetched. AR ran into a buzz saw, and still lost in a tight match. Just like Fed ran into JDP in the US open. “Journeyman” AR took the GOAT to the edge of a cliff in last years US open, so I would think the guy is no slouch, and deserved to be in the final too.


Von Says:

CONGRATS to Ljube, and even though Roddick’s loss is a tough one to take, had it not been Andy on the opposite side of the court, I would be rooting for Ljube today to obtain the desires of his heart, and his birthday gift. A truly deserving one!! How could we go against destiny when everything just falls into place from nowhere?? It was just meant to be and no ifs and buts, in a resigned sort of way, I’m glad he did.

Roddick played like he was in a daze, and his footwork was very slowed and sloppy.


skeezerweezer Says:

I meant Wimby…..typin too fast with a beer in the other hand


Cindy_Brady Says:

Well well well,

Looks like Andy Roddick’s lucky draw finally caught up with him.

Congratulations to Ljubicic, Job well done!

Roddick looked like a deer in head lights all afternoon trying to return Ljubicic’s monster serves and tactical perfect game.

God, If Roddick can’t win a big tournament when all the pieces fall in place for him, I can only imagine what’s going to happen to him the rest of the year. Disappointment after disappointment.

It was delicious to watch!!


Von Says:

OY VEY, somebody’s got quick typing fingers changing names to gloat. Robotic fingers are in action. LOL!!!


Cindy_Brady Says:

Oh good ole Von, still delusional. Thinking I need to use aliases to get my points across. I haven’t posted here since the Australian open. Silly silly Von.

Laughing my butt off. A woman at my station of life would never resort to those lowly tactics of Internet folly.

Anyways, On to Miami where it will be windy.


skeezerweezer Says:

“jane Says:

skeeze: don’t we say “punch buggy” or “six beer” even better? You owe me a half dozen dude – next time curling rolls round. : D”

You got it :)


Michael Says:

Steve, You are once again way off the mark. You tipped Andy today and now Ljubucic has won.

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