“You’re Mad Because You Were Close!”: How Ivan Ljubicic Had Reacted After Losing Epic Miami Open 2006 Final To Future Protege Roger Federer

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Renowned former Croatian tennis participant Ivan Ljubicic took over the duties of teaching Roger Federer in 2015. This partnership introduced again reminiscences for followers involving the 2 gamers. One such reminiscence was the 2006 Miami Open remaining through which Federer entered the ATP 1000 Masters match that yr as a defending champion. For Ljubicic although, that was his first and solely Miami Open remaining of his profession.

Ljubicic barely confronted any powerful competitors, profitable each match, barring one, in straight units. Federer too had an important outing, defeating Tommy Haas, Dmitry Tursonov, and David Ferrer in an virtually one-sided contest, en path to his remaining. In the ultimate, Federer did win in three units, however they have been well-fought three units.

All three units went to tiebreakers. Federer received the primary set 7-6 (7-5), and the second set 7-6 (7-4) as effectively. Ljubicic was 4-2 forward at one level within the second set, however Federer received it from there, courtesy largely of his stellar one-handed backhand. Both units may’ve gone both means, but it surely was the Swiss nice who held his nerves higher.

In the ultimate set too, as soon as the sport was tied at 7-6, it was Federer who received it 8-6. This was Ljubicic’s biggest probability to win the ATP 1000 Masters title, which he by no means bought once more. He went on to win the 2010 Indian Wells although, his solely Masters title in his total profession.

At 6’4″, Ljubicic was asking questions together with his serve and backhand, and Federer struggled to search out solutions for some time. After the match, each gamers spoke their minds.

Ivan Ljubicic stated, “For ten seconds after the match, you’re mad since you have been shut. But per week after, you’re proud. I’m going to be happy with the way in which I performed and the truth that was shut.”

Federer didn’t trouble a lot about these feedback and easily gave an evaluation of his profitable efficiency after the match. The stress was palpable between the 2 after the match.

Roger Federer stated, “I performed a unbelievable match in Indian Wells to dominate him. So if I may do the identical, that may be nice.”

He continued, “I by no means panic. I believe that’s the important thing ultimately. You’ve bought to imagine in your recreation.”

What introduced Roger Federer and Ivan Ljubicic collectively years later in 2015?

It was in December 2015 when Federer made the general public announcement of getting Ivan Ljubicic as his coach. The Croatian participant changed Swedish legend Stefan Edberg as a part of Federer’s teaching workers. Severin Luthi remained the pinnacle coach, although. Thus, this turned an incredible coincidence that Federer and Ljubicic shared a novel equation the place they performed in opposition to one another, in addition to one coached the opposite.

The solely different time Ljubicic received the ATP 1000 Masters i.e. the 2010 Indian Wells, he didn’t face Federer. Ljubicic defeated Novak Djokovic within the fourth spherical and Andy Roddick within the remaining. But Federer was knocked out by Marcos Baghdatis within the third spherical. Therefore, the Miami Open 2006 remaining stays a novel remaining in each their careers.

Overall, Federer has a 13-3 win-loss ratio in opposition to Ivan Ljubicic of their head-to-head battle.

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