Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: When it matters: Ljubicic vs Roddick H2H
Never mind, the good thing about MTF's obsession with the big names is that whenever "choke of the decade" threads are started, it's always things like the RG 04 final that are mentioned, rather than that Ferreira-Ljubicic match and Koubek's incredible comeback against Saulnier in the same event, which George mentioned in one of these threads. I also find it amazing that Ljubo was still a game away from victory in the fifth set after wasting the huge lead he had, but couldn't get over the finish line.
It's a pity he still has that subpar Slam record, my one remaining hope for him is that he gets to another QF which is still possible outside Wimbledon. I always maintain he had the second easiest run to a Slam SF of the last decade, not the easiest (considering the surface, that honour goes to Grosjean at Wimbledon 2004, just check out the list of giants he beat in that tournament), but there were so many early losses to poor players. Never mind the 2002 AO, I remember my disbelief at him exiting to Vadim Kutsenko in the first round the following year.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.