At the age of 28 Ivan reached 1st time 3rd round (after 5 previous attempts) of a Grand Slam.If he beats Gasquet, he is going to re-enter Top 50.
Vs Nieminen fired 33 aces and despite losing tie-breaks kept his determination winning in 5 sets and
once again proved strength in critical moments saving 17 break points.
Often being called as not the most “gifted player” around Ivan keeps proving how everything is
Possible if you try hard enough!
After rather modest major part of last season Ivan started to regain lost ground and only Ferrer
was able to stop him by winning home tournament.
Dodig already defeated the likes of Nadal or Tsonga and his desire to fight till last will carry him to the greater hights!
I am pretty positive Top 30 is assured soon and what else to expect from “Lion’s heart” anyways?!
*Dedicated to all, who consider Ivan as challenger player only