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Is Ljuba-Truba is ever gonna win big title?

He was so many times close to take Masters, but never really made it. He was in finals of Madrid, Miami, Paris, SF of RG and many other great results on Masters. Can he, know at 30-ranked #50, take title which he should have taken when he was #3?
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Ljuba-Truba will come back to DC squad this year, will smash down the Americans himself once again and bring back the title beating Rafa in the final match. Then he`ll win 7 MM tournaments next year, reach 6 MS finals, 3 SF at Grand Slam events and become the best #3 that has ever lived
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Re: Is Ljuba-Truba is ever gonna win big title?

We're back to Ljuba-Truba?
I liked The Legenda more to be honest.
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Davis Cup is pretty big.

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Re: Is Ljuba-Truba is ever gonna win big title?

Popeye didn't have the belief in the big moments. He gave Nadal a lesson in indoor tennis, but still lost. Back when Berdych was rookie, the Czech still proved to have more mental fortitude than his elder. And Ljubo could have made the Miami final last 4 sets easily, if not 5, but the occasion was too much for him and he dropped the ball on set points and other opportunities.

But all those finals were entertaining, so I congratulate him on that score.
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Ljuba-Truba will come back to DC squad this year, will smash down the Americans himself once again and bring back the title beating Rafa in the final match. Then he`ll win 7 MM tournaments next year, reach 6 MS finals, 3 SF at Grand Slam events and become the best #3 that has ever lived

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Popeye didn't have the belief in the big moments. He gave Nadal a lesson in indoor tennis, but still lost. Back when Berdych was rookie, the Czech still proved to have more mental fortitude than his elder. And Ljubo could have made the Miami final last 4 sets easily, if not 5, but the occasion was too much for him and he dropped the ball on set points and other opportunities.

But all those finals were entertaining, so I congratulate him on that score.
Do you remember exactly how those matches developed? Legenda was on a very heavy schedule and made 3 finals in a row (Metz, Vienna and Madrid). He was visibly running out of gas after the first two sets against Nadull. While he still had fuel in the tank, he schooled Nadull. He had some chances at the fifth even clearly tired. Then Paris was a bit different. There I think he choked a bit, considering he was the favorite and had came back from a 0/2 deficit. He had all the momentum and lost his concentration to let Berdych win.

The Miami final was a bit hectic but both players displayed good form and Federer was on a much higher level then. That was the time when you knew that even if a player had a MP against Federer, he wasn't gonna take it, doesn't matter what.

You got it right on the entertainment factor - those were pretty nice matches, for the most part.
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Do you remember exactly how those matches developed? Legenda was on a very heavy schedule and made 3 finals in a row (Metz, Vienna and Madrid). He was visibly running out of gas after the first two sets against Nadull. While he still had fuel in the tank, he schooled Nadull. He had some chances at the fifth even clearly tired. Then Paris was a bit different. There I think he choked a bit, considering he was the favorite and had came back from a 0/2 deficit. He had all the momentum and lost his concentration to let Berdych win.

The Miami final was a bit hectic but both players displayed good form and Federer was on a much higher level then. That was the time when you knew that even if a player had a MP against Federer, he wasn't gonna take it, doesn't matter what.

You got it right on the entertainment factor - those were pretty nice matches, for the most part.
Well, you seem to agree about the Paris match. And I remember the Miami final well because it was so closely-contested and Ljubo had so many chances. He had at least one SP on his serve in one of the TBs and as a case of a series of mini chokes against the mighty Fed it was really similar to the Davy v. Fed encounter in Paris '07.

Even in the Miami presentation ceremony, Fed conceded that Ljubo could have made it closer if he'd taken his chances. Fed did NOT play clutch on all those SPs, but neither did Ljuo. When it was all over I could hardly believe it was a straight-sets result.

EDIT: Ljubo only had one set point, in the third, which Fed saved well. But he did lead the 2nd set TB 4-1 only to not win another point. He also led the 3rd set with a break but played worst service game of match to return to 3-3. And he also won four more points overall in the match than Fed. No great choke, but nowhere near clutch enough.
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He will win RG '09.

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He will win RG '09.
What are you talking about? They've already engraved his name on the trophy. RG is only being played for the runner-up prize this year.
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Re: Is Ljuba-Truba is ever gonna win big title?

I think Koopa Troopa has a better chance.

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His best chance was against Nadal in Madrid '05. He definitely had him on the ropes but choked got tired and allowed a comeback from Nadal. This one is still the only title Nadal ever won indoors.

As for the Paris '05 final, Berdych started off very solidly without giving Ljubicic much chance in the first two sets, then his level dropped, which allowed Ljubo back into the match. The fifth set was more a matter of mental toughness than anything else, but considering the way Berdych had been playing that week, Ljubicic did well to take it to a fifth set.

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I dreamt last night Ljubicic was playing Federer in what I think was the RG final, I dont remember what the score was but I remember it was a dramatic match and I remember the commentator mentioning that Ljubicic defeated both Djokovic and Nadal to get there.

That is the result when the last thing you read before going to bed is a thread about the Legenda. Subconsciously I start to belive Ljubotruba actually is a true legend.
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