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Ivan Ljubicic in East London Challenger [Winner]

CooCooCachoo
02-03-2008, 04:42 PM
He has taken a WC into the South African Challenger :rolls:

Wild cards announced for SAA Tennis Open
03 February 2008 (14:58)


http://images.supersport.co.za/Klaasen_RavenT2008_001s.JPG Raven Klaasen © Reg Caldecott










The South African Tennis Association (SATA) confirmed Sunday morning the three remaining wild card spots for the forthcoming SAA Tennis Open to be played at Selborne Park Stadium in East London from 11-17 January 2008. The three players will join world number 22, Ivan Ljubicic as the four wild cards in the main draw direct.
They are Raven Klaasen, Izak Van der Merwe and Ruan Roelofse all from South Africa.
This announcement guarantees at least six South African players in the main draw of the tournament.
Klaasen, van der Merwe and Roelofse join fellow South African direct acceptances Rik De Voest, Wesley Moodie and Kevin Anderson in the main draw.
The winner of Saturday’s Cape Classic in Cape Town Raven Klaasen, a former South African Davis Cup player will make his first ATP Tour main draw appearance.
Van der Merwe who like Klaasen has represented his country in Davis Cup was the highest ranked South African on the alternate list. His wild card grant will prevent Van der Merwe from having to contest the challenging qualifying tournament for the remaining main draw spots next weekend.
Roelofse, according to Tournament Director and CEO of SATA, Ian Smith earned his wild card spot through his “talent” and “dedication”.
“Ruan is one of our countries brightest prospects. His commitment to South African tennis and good form of late helped us make the decision to award him with a wild card. SATA are committed through this event to give our promising players of the future a chance of breaking through onto the tour ATP Tour. Hopefully Ruan will take up the opportunity given to him and make that important break” said Smith.


http://www.supersport.co.za/tennis/article.aspx?id=243039&headline=Wild%20cards%20announced%20for%20SAA%20Te nnis%20Open

Voo de Mar
02-03-2008, 04:46 PM
:spit:

His last CH - Zagreb 2005 (won there the title).

RickDaStick
02-03-2008, 05:06 PM
my guess would be he couldnt get a WC to Marseille so this was the only other option. He didnt want to go into Rotterdam not playing for 35 days.

Burrow
02-03-2008, 05:07 PM
Easy win for him their.

Horatio Caine
02-03-2008, 05:11 PM
:haha:

But yeah, IL's comment makes perfect sense...needs match practice.

Truc
02-03-2008, 05:12 PM
Why didn't he enter Marseille then?

WatchOut
02-03-2008, 05:36 PM
:lol:

I guess he'll win :shrug:

KitinovRules
02-03-2008, 06:10 PM
Why didn't he enter Marseille then?
Becuase he didn't listed that tournament in his schedule!
Therefore he has to ask for WC. Since two Croats with WC in Marseille is too much , he decided to go to South Africa .
Otherwise he would have to play the qualies at Open 13 in Marseille , but considering his form lately he made a good choice :lol::lol::lol: - he would have lost in the qualies I am sure.

Truc
02-03-2008, 06:18 PM
No, I meant:
If he needs match practice before Rotterdam, then why didn't he have Marseille on his schedule in the first place?

I don't get why the "indoor king" is playing an outdoor event on hardcourt in South Africa the week before Rotterdam when he could have played one of his beloved indoor events in Europe.

dodoboy
02-03-2008, 06:36 PM
11-17 January 2008?

networthy
02-03-2008, 07:08 PM
It makes no sense to me. Why didn't he ask for a WC at Delray Beach or Costa do Sauipe instead? If anything, they're closer to Monte Carlo than South Africa. And there's also a challenger in Belgrade, of all places, the same week...

Bobby
02-03-2008, 07:26 PM
It makes no sense to me. Why didn't he ask for a WC at Delray Beach or Costa do Sauipe instead? If anything, they're closer to Monte Carlo than South Africa. And there's also a challenger in Belgrade, of all places, the same week...

I suppose he may want to avoid jet lag by choosing South Africa.

networthy
02-03-2008, 07:32 PM
Hmm, good point--I didn't think of that.

RaVeR
02-03-2008, 07:57 PM
Ljuba truba please retire now
he ill play on challengers...LOL LOL LOL

:help::rolleyes:

scoobs
02-03-2008, 08:00 PM
Possibly wants to build up some confidence too - things haven't gone all that well for him lately.

Henry Chinaski
02-03-2008, 08:53 PM
he's buying a few hotels there and this is just a cunning ruse.

Blue Heart24
02-03-2008, 09:14 PM
OH MY GOD!! :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

This could be good for him.I hope he wins the title of course :spit:

And gets some good practice for Rotterdam and Zagreb,I want to see him at his best in those events.
Hope he gets some confidence there.:)

dijus
02-03-2008, 09:37 PM
and the funniest thing is that he won't win the title there ;)

Sunset of Age
02-03-2008, 09:57 PM
I htink it's a rather wise decision, actually. He hasn't done well for a very long time, it's realistic to lower the expectations for a bit and at least collect some points.

Tom Paulman
02-03-2008, 10:02 PM
and the funniest thing is that he won't win the title there ;)

He will get beaten by either Kousek or Johansson

Kolya
02-03-2008, 10:58 PM
Former world No. 3, down to challengers.

How sad.

Corey Feldman
02-04-2008, 12:54 AM
In South Africa ..... but also 'East London' ?

i dont get it :confused:

Action Jackson
02-04-2008, 01:14 AM
In South Africa ..... but also 'East London' ?

i dont get it :confused:

The Brits were everywhere and the Cockneys wished they lived in this East London.

Scotso
02-04-2008, 02:21 AM
Excuses aside, the #24 player in the world playing challengers is pathetic.

Johnny Groove
02-04-2008, 03:01 AM
Ljubo back where he belongs

RickDaStick
02-04-2008, 03:07 AM
Ljubo back where he belongs

good to see you are still here, i know you mentioned something about suicide after that Nadal ****** a few weeks back :wavey:

ChinoRios4Ever
02-04-2008, 03:17 AM
WTF here? :confused:

Johnny Groove
02-04-2008, 03:17 AM
good to see you are still here, i know you mentioned something about suicide after that Nadal ****** a few weeks back :wavey:

Predictable as ever. Show me the post.

And using a joke that is much like your mother. Old, tried, and overused.

tangerine_dream
02-04-2008, 03:45 AM
Watch him get bageled. :lol:

Tzar
02-04-2008, 04:00 AM
If He Dosent Win :tape:

CooCooCachoo
02-04-2008, 05:32 AM
my guess would be he couldnt get a WC to Marseille so this was the only other option. He didnt want to go into Rotterdam not playing for 35 days.

Could have played Marseilles qualies too. Similar surface, not too far away. East London is a different surface at the complete other end of the world.

CooCooCachoo
02-04-2008, 05:34 AM
In South Africa ..... but also 'East London' ?

i dont get it :confused:

Do you get the concept of New York? It's really no different.

Jozie
02-04-2008, 06:01 AM
In South Africa ..... but also 'East London' ?

i dont get it :confused:

East London is a Port City on the southern coast of South Africa.

boughtmypoints
02-04-2008, 08:38 AM
A few points to be made here ...

Raven Klaasen? It helps that his father has been involved with the local Tennis Federation. The new kid, Roelofse? He's obviously too precious to play qualies. Just one WC used so far ... lost to Klaasen in a Futures!

Can we get some input from the Fritz Wolmarens camp? Solid Challenger level player, misses the cut but no WC.

I would have preferred the tournament giving md WCs to sub Saharan African players rather than the 2 no hopers.

Now about Ivan ...

1. This tournament is a bit of a jol ... holiday outing ... for the marquee players. South African Airways fly them in the front cabin ... some of these guys like Johansson and Bjorkman own property not far from East London in Knysna. Safaris will be laid on for the top players and wags.

2. Unless Ivan or any top player is offered a hefty guarantee or other consideration to play the second tier ATP event, they are not going. The points at a "175" or "200" tournament are no longer crucial to a top 50 player; his year will be largely determined how he does at the slams and the 500's.

its.like.that
02-04-2008, 09:28 AM
good to see you are still here, i know you mentioned something about suicide after that Nadal ****** a few weeks back :wavey:

Dude, Ljubicic was ***** by Haase :retard:

its.like.that
02-04-2008, 09:29 AM
2. Unless Ivan or any top player is offered a hefty guarantee or other consideration to play the second tier ATP event, they are not going. The points at a "175" or "200" tournament are no longer crucial to a top 50 player; his year will be largely determined how he does at the slams and the 500's.

:confused: Ivan is not a top player

LeChuck
02-04-2008, 09:50 AM
I wish that South Africa had an ATP level event, preferably in the build up to the Aussie Open.

krystlel
02-04-2008, 10:12 AM
Should be interesting to see how he goes, although I agree that entering the qualifying in Marseille might have been a better option allowing match practice against weaker opposition for three matches then matches against more difficult opponents in the main draw, so you're getting both.

GoFedex
02-04-2008, 10:49 AM
Maybe he will win a match then :rocker2:

:haha:

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-04-2008, 11:05 AM
Just win the matches you should win Ivan! :)

Fergie
02-04-2008, 11:15 AM
Better you win this one Ivan :p

Scotso
02-04-2008, 11:41 AM
I wish that South Africa had an ATP level event, preferably in the build up to the Aussie Open.

It's too out of the way.

scarecrows
02-04-2008, 11:53 AM
Excuses aside, the #24 player in the world playing challengers is pathetic.

Canas played a Challenger when he was no.13 last year and I've heard of a couple of other similar cases (Tursunov, J. Johansson)

LeChuck
02-04-2008, 12:00 PM
It's too out of the way.

It's closer to Melbourne/Australia than Doha/Qatar is.

Daniel
02-04-2008, 12:13 PM
It's closer to Melbourne/Australia than Doha/Qatar is.

Indeed,
I would like to see an ATP big event in South africa (Cape Town :o)
before the Australian Open..the weather conditions are similar at this time of the year than in Melbourne..

I also want to go to East London and to see Ivan, dont know if I willbe able to do it tho :confused:

Jozie
02-04-2008, 12:23 PM
It's closer to Melbourne/Australia than Doha/Qatar is.

Sure SA is closer than Doha, but still a 9 hour time difference to contend with. I think events leading up to AO are Asia/Pacific regional events, which rules South Africa out.

I too would love to see a large ATP Event here, however, there is still so much development required in SA Tennis to make it viable. I know currently much is being done to improve and develop tennis here, but there is still a long way to go.

Scotso
02-04-2008, 12:30 PM
It's closer to Melbourne/Australia than Doha/Qatar is.

But it's lacking all that oil money that the emirs can throw at tennis players to get them to put up with that distance.

Scotso
02-04-2008, 12:31 PM
Canas played a Challenger when he was no.13 last year and I've heard of a couple of other similar cases (Tursunov, J. Johansson)

Yep, but that doesn't make it any less pathetic.

boughtmypoints
02-04-2008, 12:37 PM
I also want to go to East London and to see Ivan, dont know if I will be able to do it tho :confused:

The Road Lodge in East London is asking R 710 per night as opposed to usually R 335 per night at their Cape Town airport location. It seems that the hotels in East London price themselves for the
bureaucrat market not the tourist one. Kindly post if you find reasonably priced accomodation in EL, I might drive there from Knysna, the price of petrol be damned. There are lots of busses going there from the Western Cape but I don't fancy hoofing it once I get there.

TheBoiledEgg
02-04-2008, 02:19 PM
hopefully on his way he stops off to pay Mugabe a visit :tape: :devil:

Purple Rainbow
02-04-2008, 03:20 PM
The Road Lodge in East London is asking R 710 per night as opposed to usually R 335 per night at their Cape Town airport location. It seems that the hotels in East London price themselves for the
bureaucrat market not the tourist one. Kindly post if you find reasonably priced accomodation in EL, I might drive there from Knysna, the price of petrol be damned. There are lots of busses going there from the Western Cape but I don't fancy hoofing it once I get there.

East London is a terrific place.
I'll warmly recommend anyone who doesn't object to backpackers hostels to stay in the SugarShack Lodge.

http://www.vipbackpackers.com/hostels/121/South_Africa_East_London_Sugarshack.aspx

Magnificent location and great staff!

boughtmypoints
02-04-2008, 03:38 PM
Thanks, PR, for the hostel tip. Now how far is it from the Sugar Shack to the tennis courts?

Purple Rainbow
02-04-2008, 04:03 PM
Thanks, PR, for the hostel tip. Now how far is it from the Sugar Shack to the tennis courts?

I had to browse an old travel guide to answer this.
My guess would be that the SugarShack Lodge is a 20 minute walk from Selborne Park.
Selborne Park itself should offer some more upmarket accomodations.

General Suburbia
02-04-2008, 04:23 PM
Former world No. 3, down to challengers.

How sad.
When all of a sudden, he will make an Agassi-esque comeback and rule the world as true #3 again!

Merton
02-04-2008, 07:52 PM
Best of luck for him, hopefully it is a step towards gaining some form/confidence.

The Freak
02-04-2008, 09:32 PM
Ljubo sucks, he will probably lose first round.

scarecrows
02-04-2008, 09:37 PM
Ljubo sucks, he will probably lose first round.

you do realize that you have Ginepri in your sig, right?

Albop
02-04-2008, 09:39 PM
you do realize that you have Ginepri in your sig, right?

He said :

"if austria wins i will not ever post in MTF Again"


Vamos austria

scarecrows
02-04-2008, 09:42 PM
go Austria, 1 bandwagoner less

last year he added Tsonga at the end of his sig after he did well on grass tournaments
now Jo is promoted to the first line of the sig and to avatar :worship:

The Freak
02-04-2008, 10:08 PM
you do realize that you have Ginepri in your sig, right?

Yes, he isn't doing so well either. :p

The Freak
02-04-2008, 10:09 PM
go Austria, 1 bandwagoner less

last year he added Tsonga at the end of his sig after he did well on grass tournaments
now Jo is promoted to the first line of the sig and to avatar :worship:

As if I'm the only Tsonga band-wagoner...:rolleyes:

scarecrows
02-04-2008, 10:15 PM
As if I'm the only Tsonga band-wagoner...:rolleyes:

yes, I must admit that you started cheering him last year
and now after the AO final we have tons of people that have him in their top 10 active players list

RickDaStick
02-04-2008, 10:23 PM
Yes, he isn't doing so well either. :p

:haha::haha::haha: Talk about an understatement

CooCooCachoo
02-05-2008, 07:23 AM
yes, I must admit that you started cheering him last year
and now after the AO final we have tons of people that have him in their top 10 active players list

Yeah, what one tournament can do :lol:

Action Jackson
02-05-2008, 07:29 AM
It's too out of the way.

Rubbish, they play events in New Zealand. Lead into the Aus Open wouldn't be a problem.

Action Jackson
02-05-2008, 07:30 AM
Ljubo is probably playing here, so he can meet with de Villiers and rubber stamp the 2009 calendar.

azza
02-05-2008, 08:55 AM
I hope Sirianni beats him.

CooCooCachoo
02-09-2008, 01:38 PM
MAIN DRAW

Ivan Ljubicic CRO [1/WC] vs. Qualifier
Laurent Recouderc FRA vs. Damian Hume RSA [WC]
Filip Prpic SWE vs. Kevin Anderson RSA
Daniel Brands GER vs. Rik de Voest RSA [5]

Thomas Johansson SWE [5] vs. Raven Klaasen RSA [WC]
Qualifier vs. Izak van der Merwe RSA
Pavel Snobel CZE vs. Ricardo Mello BRA
Josselin Ouanna FRA vs. Joseph Sirianni AUS [7]

Frederico Gil POR [6] vs. Ivo Klec SVK
Adrian Menendez ESP vs. Wesley Moodie RSA
Jan Mertl CZE vs. Gary Lugassy FRA
Augustin Gensse FRA vs. Jonas Björkman SWE [4]

Stefano Galvani ITA [8] vs. Björn Phau GER
Ruan Roelofse RSA [WC] vs. Jérémy Chardy FRA
Qualifier vs. Thiago Alves BRA
Qualifier vs. Stefan Koubek AUT [2]

CooCooCachoo
02-09-2008, 01:39 PM
Cakewalk draw into the QF at least. Then I think he could struggle against Anderson or De Voest, who are good on surfaces like this.

Blue Heart24
02-09-2008, 02:00 PM
Cakewalk draw into the QF at least. Then I think he could struggle against Anderson or De Voest, who are good on surfaces like this.

Maybe he isnt top 10 quality anymore,but he still aint that bad.:rolleyes:

Mateya
02-09-2008, 02:51 PM
:eek:
LJUBICIC - T.JOHANSSON is a potencial very high quality semifinal for one challenger, dont you think? :eek:

Ex No.3 vs AO champion...not so far away. :)

CooCooCachoo
02-09-2008, 02:58 PM
Maybe he isnt top 10 quality anymore,but he still aint that bad.:rolleyes:

The differences between Top 40 and Top 200 aren't as big as you might think, especially when someone lacks rhythm and plays opponents who can perform both in front of a home crowd and on their best surface.

Horatio Caine
02-09-2008, 03:33 PM
The differences between Top 40 and Top 200 aren't as big as you might think, especially when someone lacks rhythm and plays opponents who can perform both in front of a home crowd and on their best surface.

What he said.

Besides, Anderson is an up-and-coming player...something Ljubo obviously isn't. I might be mistaking him for some other young gun, but if I'm correct, he is pretty powerful (with a good serve)...making him a genuine threat.

Don't agree with the mention of De Voest though.

Burrow
02-09-2008, 05:39 PM
The differences between Top 40 and Top 200 aren't as big as you might think, especially when someone lacks rhythm and plays opponents who can perform both in front of a home crowd and on their best surface.

He is ranked 24, edging on top 20 isn't "top 40" . You think he will lose to Anderson or De Voest? :lol: :rolleyes:

Just because you are a fan of all of these pathetic players.

CooCooCachoo
02-09-2008, 05:52 PM
He is ranked 24, edging on top 20 isn't "top 40" . You think he will lose to Anderson or De Voest? :lol: :rolleyes:

Just because you are a fan of all of these pathetic players.

:spit:

The ranking indicates that he is on the way down. He has dropped quite a bit in rankings, so, based on results before the injury, it is better to classify him as Top 40, than as "edging on top 20".

I do not think he will lose to De Voest. But I do think De Voest can take him to a long match, also because of his game which will give Ljubicic little rhythm, which is actually something he needs. I consider losing to Anderson much more plausible, but even then, of course, I would favour Ljubicic.

And for your information, I am actually hoping that Ivan progresses to, at least, the semi final. He is my favourite player in that quarter. Furthermore, I think you can hardly call any of these players pathetic unless you have actually seen them play. Anderson, for one, made a huge jump in the rankings last season. Just because he is not in the Top 100, it doesn't mean that he is pathetic.

Blue Heart24
02-09-2008, 05:56 PM
The differences between Top 40 and Top 200 aren't as big as you might think, especially when someone lacks rhythm and plays opponents who can perform both in front of a home crowd and on their best surface.

I know that.But the big difference is,a thing called consistency.

tennismaster882001
02-09-2008, 10:25 PM
Oh Ivan decided to go on vacation during season!:o
Probably because his very good friend Thimas Johansson is there too!
Hopefully this challenger becomes ATP tournament in years to come! :yeah:

CooCooCachoo
02-10-2008, 01:00 PM
Qualifiers have been placed.

Ivan meets claycourter Lamine Ouahab of Algeria, who had a bad year last year and should be an easy victim.

CooCooCachoo
02-10-2008, 01:01 PM
I know that.But the big difference is,a thing called consistency.

Something you cannot expect Ljubicic to have, coming off an injury. So I think he could really struggle. We will see :wavey:

Blue Heart24
02-10-2008, 06:24 PM
Something you cannot expect Ljubicic to have, coming off an injury. So I think he could really struggle. We will see :wavey:

Do you know something I don't?

As far as I know,Ivan had no injury.:scratch:

Snowwy
02-10-2008, 08:35 PM
Then I think he could struggle against Anderson or De Voest, who are good on surfaces like this.

Heh.

Frooty_Bazooty
02-11-2008, 12:24 PM
he just wants a holiday, south africa is so beautiful during the summer :cool:

Nathaliia
02-11-2008, 01:34 PM
Ouch, Truba will eat Ouahab. The Algerian played this year only two futures, both on clay and he didn't win any.

Hmm, on the other hand Ljuba Truba hasn't won any futures this year either.

CooCooCachoo
02-12-2008, 04:54 PM
Ouch, Truba will eat Ouahab. The Algerian played this year only two futures, both on clay and he didn't win any.

Hmm, on the other hand Ljuba Truba hasn't won any futures this year either.

It wasn't a quick and easy meal, though.

6-4 4-6 6-3 win over Ouahab, already showing how this tournament is by no means already won by Ljubicic.

Next against Laurent Recouderc.

Horatio Caine
02-12-2008, 04:55 PM
:spit: Ivan

Tommy fan
02-12-2008, 05:11 PM
Omg :spit:

Mateya
02-12-2008, 05:21 PM
:spit:
Three reasonably tight sets against Ouahab is not a good sign...

adee-gee
02-12-2008, 05:38 PM
Good win for Ivan, a real confidence booster :yeah:

JMG
02-12-2008, 05:58 PM
Isn't Ouahab a fatty?

RickDaStick
02-12-2008, 06:04 PM
Good win for Ivan, a real confidence booster :yeah:

Says a guy who is the biggest fan boy of a player who managed 3 games vs the biggest mug on tour :wavey:

Nathaliia
02-12-2008, 06:27 PM
Yes, Ouahab is kinda fat, and I was surprised when I checked and figured he was born in 1984. I saw him live, well, I would give him hmm..... 28 y.o.? :angel:

Definitely it wasn't a good showing by Ljuba. The tournament is windy and rainy, and Ljuba said he didn't come for holiday. Well, minding the weather, it's surely no holiday.

Renaud
02-12-2008, 06:39 PM
Yes, Ouahab is kinda fat, and I was surprised when I checked and figured he was born in 1984. I saw him live, well, I would give him hmm..... 28 y.o.? :angel:

Definitely it wasn't a good showing by Ljuba. The tournament is windy and rainy, and Ljuba said he didn't come for holiday. Well, minding the weather, it's surely no holiday.

Trust me, bet all your money on Recouderc. :p

CooCooCachoo
02-12-2008, 06:53 PM
Yes, Ouahab is kinda fat, and I was surprised when I checked and figured he was born in 1984. I saw him live, well, I would give him hmm..... 28 y.o.? :angel:

Definitely it wasn't a good showing by Ljuba. The tournament is windy and rainy, and Ljuba said he didn't come for holiday. Well, minding the weather, it's surely no holiday.

1984 :eek: :speakles: I wouldn't give him that.

Wouldn't say he is fat. But not the slimmest out there, no.

Nathaliia
02-12-2008, 07:22 PM
Trust me, bet all your money on Recouderc. :p
No thanks, I won't bet all my money on a French player, especially in a challenger :lol:. After seeing a draw I said Ljuba would lose to De Voest :rolls:.

I wonder if he's given a chance to do that :p

croat123
02-12-2008, 08:08 PM
:haha:
4 more wins... :p

Johnny Groove
02-12-2008, 08:25 PM
Says a guy who is the biggest fan boy of a player who managed 3 games vs the biggest mug on tour :wavey:

at least he doesnt lose sets to futures players

RickDaStick
02-12-2008, 08:29 PM
at least he doesnt lose sets to futures players

you are right, Montcourt loses matches to futures players

adee-gee
02-12-2008, 08:34 PM
Says a guy who is the biggest fan boy of a player who managed 3 games vs the biggest mug on tour :wavey:
Dude, Montcourt played Ginepri not Ljubicic.

:hug: it's ok, I realise you're worried about this huge clash with Recouderc. I understand you're a little tense at the moment.

Johnny Groove
02-12-2008, 08:36 PM
you are right, Montcourt loses matches to futures players

:rolleyes:

You do realize that you are comparing Montcourt and Ljubo?

how the mighty have fallen

from 3 in the world to battling in a challenger :rolleyes:

Apemant
02-12-2008, 11:42 PM
6-4 4-6 6-3 win over Ouahab, already showing how this tournament is by no means already won by Ljubicic.

That would be a rather odd assumption, seeing that Koubek is also playing there and he had a recent W over Ljubo. Besides, like someone said, for an off-form player anyone in the top 200 is a potential threat.

CooCooCachoo
02-13-2008, 07:41 AM
That would be a rather odd assumption, seeing that Koubek is also playing there and he had a recent W over Ljubo. Besides, like someone said, for an off-form player anyone in the top 200 is a potential threat.

Yes, I was the one saying that. I am only proving some people wrong who believe that this tournament is a pleasure cruise for Ljubicic :wavey:

CooCooCachoo
02-13-2008, 07:42 AM
Top Seed in Titanic Tennis Battle:

Ljubicic made to fight all the way by Ouahab
THERE were a few anxious moments at the SAA Tennis Open at Selborne Park in East London yesterday when the tournament’s big gun fought out a running battle against an Algerian qualifier.


Ivan Ljubicic had the persona of a man who was on a mission to finish the business off quickly.
But the Croatian came up against some stubborn resistance from Lamine Ouahab, who pulled off some rather stunning return shots sprinkled with some deft drop volleys at the net to have the Selborne crowd aghast with bemusement.
Ljubicic, the top seed, started off on the right footing and went into a 5-2 lead in the first set and was gentlemanly about ceding a shot called out by a lines judge after Ouahab made a great return to make it 5-3 to great applause.
He then went up 5-4 after breaking Ljubicic on his serve, but the Croat reciprocated by winning the point off Ouahab’s serve to win the first set 6-4.
The second set brought the best out of Ouahab as he sped after some difficult balls like a gazelle and to boot winning the point with a stunning return. Ouahab took the second set 6-4, and after a titanic battle Ljubicic won the set 6-4 and the match.
The Croat seemed displeased at some of the questionable line calls.
In another exciting match, SA tennis hopeful Rik de Voest was pressed all the way by German Daniel Brands in their first round match yesterday.
De Voest was taken to two tie-breakers in a match which was as entertaining as it was tense throughout.
The South African won 7-6 (7-6), 7-6 (8-6). The match had its light moments. For instance, at one point during the second tie-breaker De Voest returned a cross-court forehand and with Brands scrambling to chase down the ball the young ballboy ran after the ball to retrieve it. The Egyptian umpire was forced to call the return a let, depriving De Voest what appeared a certain winner.


“The wind seemed to have changed the direction of the ball and the boy thought it was out when he went for the ball. I don’t think I was unjustly done by, because if it was the rule then so be it. It was a fair call,” said De Voest about the incident.
It did not matter in the end though as the South African fifth seed had enough in his tank to hold off the German blitzkrieg.
De Voest conceded that it was difficult to find any rhythm against him as he had a strong backhand. The weather was also a factor.
“My wife Caroline says I am the king of the tie-break. Recently I have just won them all. I try to make my first serve and this helps,” he said about the tie-break wins.
“He (Brands) is a new guy, who has a big serve, volleyed pretty well. I like to use court craft to work for me during the game, although I did not have a high return percentage today.”


But the first big surprise of the tournament was the defeat of highly-touted Wesley Moodie, who was surprisingly beaten in two sets. He could not match the serve and volley game of the Spaniard Adrian Menendez and succumbed 6-1, 6-4.
Moodie just seem to have had a bad day at the office as he made mistakes on points he should’ve won rather easily.
That was not so for SA wildcard Ruan Roelofse, who matched Jeremy Chardy of France in the Battle of the Serves.
Chardy was firing on all cylinders on his first and second serve and it was no surprise when he took the first set 6-4, but Roelofse was not going to lie down and die and came back strongly to win the second 4-6.
It all came undone however in the third as Roelofse lost it when Chardy broke his serve in the third set with the scores deadlocked on 3-3 to forge ahead 4-3.
And despite the South African’s best intentions it was not enough as Chardy closed the set off with a fiery ace to win it 6-4.

On the outside court, fellow South African Heinrich Heyl was blown out of the water 6-1, 6-1 by Swede Marcus Sarstrand.
But amid the gloom there was some cheer when Jean Andersen and Raven Klaasen beat fellow South Africans Hendrik Coertzen and Damian Hume 6-2, 6-3 in the doubles match on the outside court.
Izak van der Merwe also kept the SA flag flying high by beating Denys Molchanov of Ukraine 7-6, 7-5 in his match.
In other results yesterday, Josselin Ouanna of France, beat Joseph Sirianni 6-7 (4-6), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; Gary Lugassy of France Czech Jan Mertl 6-4, 6-2 and SA’s Kevin Anderson bt Filip Prpic of Sweden 6-2, 6-2.
In the other doubles of the day, Jonas Bjorkman (Sweden) and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe beat Frenchmen Augustin Gensse and Laurent Recouderc running out 6-0, 6-2 winners. - By KARIEM HASSAN

We are giving away 20 single tickets a day for SA Open tennis games in East London. To enter visit www.dispatch.co.za and look for the competitions link on the home page.

CooCooCachoo
02-13-2008, 07:42 AM
Apparently Ouahab was like a gazelle :rolls:

Nathaliia
02-13-2008, 08:42 AM
And apparently Ljuba could crash like Titanic ;)

reece
02-13-2008, 08:52 AM
Next up Ivan plays Laurent Recouderc, the guy who beat Sam Querrey and then took a set off Djokovic at Roland Garros last year.

Apemant
02-13-2008, 11:17 AM
And apparently Ljuba could crash like Titanic ;)

Exactly; I don't get this whole challenger idea. Sure, it does help your confidence IF you get a tourney win - even challenger - but, in case you actually LOSE in a challenger... I don't see how is that helping your confidence.

And it's not that Ljubo can't possibly lose to Koubek or Johansson. :devil: So whoever thinks its a walk in the park for him should better prepare for some nasty surprises. Just to be on the safe side.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-13-2008, 11:21 AM
Ivan is still struggling,omg I can't believe it. :sad:

I don't expect him to win all matches there anymore,but just hope he wins the matches he should win.

Apemant
02-13-2008, 11:33 AM
Ivan is still struggling,omg I can't believe it. :sad:


I don't even get upset anymore. Que sera, sera :)

CooCooCachoo
02-13-2008, 11:58 AM
Result of his match should be in within two hours.

krystlel
02-13-2008, 12:03 PM
Exactly; I don't get this whole challenger idea. Sure, it does help your confidence IF you get a tourney win - even challenger - but, in case you actually LOSE in a challenger... I don't see how is that helping your confidence.

And it's not that Ljubo can't possibly lose to Koubek or Johansson. :devil: So whoever thinks its a walk in the park for him should better prepare for some nasty surprises. Just to be on the safe side.
I agree, playing challengers can be risky because it could be a much bigger blow to your confidence. I suppose the idea is to getting to play more matches and get better with each match where it's harder to get better after early round losses each week.

Nathaliia
02-13-2008, 12:06 PM
Exactly; I don't get this whole challenger idea. Sure, it does help your confidence IF you get a tourney win - even challenger - but, in case you actually LOSE in a challenger... I don't see how is that helping your confidence.

And it's not that Ljubo can't possibly lose to Koubek or Johansson. :devil: So whoever thinks its a walk in the park for him should better prepare for some nasty surprises. Just to be on the safe side.
I suppose he went there for money. Stepanek in my city spent time on other stuff than practising, even though he said he wanted to win. He lost in the quaters to Melzer. He didn't seem any bothered.

CooCooCachoo
02-13-2008, 04:04 PM
Ljubicic beat Recouderc, 6-3 7-5.

Now against Rik de Voest, who has not lost a tie-break in ages. I think it will be a tough match that Ivan will win.

adee-gee
02-13-2008, 04:12 PM
Ivan :worship:

Take the title home champ :yeah:

Nathaliia
02-13-2008, 04:46 PM
Congrats Ivan. The match against De Voest may be hell tough. If Ivan is serious about the event, he will win. But I expect a 3 setter.

Apemant
02-13-2008, 04:58 PM
Congrats Ivan. The match against De Voest may be hell tough. If Ivan is serious about the event, he will win. But I expect a 3 setter.

Good call... since it is a challenger after all, it's even possible he might take it seriously. Now if it was a 1st round GS match, I wouldn't like his chances.... :devil:

Fumus
02-13-2008, 05:00 PM
Expected result.

Blue Heart24
02-13-2008, 05:25 PM
This is just a warm up for Ivan.I expect him to be in best shape for Zagreb.:wavey:

Apemant
02-13-2008, 06:39 PM
This is just a warm up for Ivan.I expect him to be in best shape for Zagreb.:wavey:

I'm waiting his best shape ever since autumn 2006 :sad:

mdjenders
02-13-2008, 08:37 PM
I remember this De Voest from the crappy world team tennis on the tennis channel. He seemed like a good guy with a decent serve and forehand, but lousy backhand, a little bit of a pusher.

Ivanatis
02-13-2008, 08:38 PM
go Rik:)

Fumus
02-13-2008, 08:41 PM
I remember this De Voest from the crappy world team tennis on the tennis channel. He seemed like a good guy with a decent serve and forehand, but lousy backhand, a little bit of a pusher.

Got smoked by Isner at the Open, what's that tell you? :o

Nathaliia
02-15-2008, 11:38 AM
Well, Johansson (#3) and Koubek (#2) are already in the semifinal. They treat the event seriously. Ljuba is on the court right now.

If he wins, he will play Johansson who is a bit injured.

Ontie
02-15-2008, 02:29 PM
ljuba-devoest livescore? plz

Nathaliia
02-15-2008, 02:33 PM
Haha there is none, mate. We are waiting for this score for a few hours. They have a crap website updated once a day and there's also one more online webservice, updated maybe twice a day with great news like the history of the main court, or calling Galvani second seed, when he was seeded eight.

RaVeR posted in the challenger thread Ljuba lost, but you know RaVeR. Guys from Croatia say there's yet no score in the Croatian sources.

Then again, they suffer of storms in East London, so maybe it's just postponed :shrug:

Dimonator133
02-15-2008, 02:33 PM
Got smoked by Isner at the Open, what's that tell you? :o

nothing. Anything else would have been positively a stunner.

Albop
02-15-2008, 03:22 PM
1-Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) bt 5-Rik de Voest (RSA) 5-7 7-6(8-6) 6-3

TankingTheSet
02-15-2008, 03:25 PM
Close one :eek:
Probably saved a few mps.

Blue Heart24
02-15-2008, 03:39 PM
:help:

Mateya
02-15-2008, 03:41 PM
:rocker2: :rolls:

Horatio Caine
02-15-2008, 04:08 PM
:haha: Ivan

RaVeR
02-15-2008, 04:47 PM
Ivan :help::help:

RETIRE PLS LJUBA TRUBA!!!!

Nathaliia
02-15-2008, 05:22 PM
Why are you so harsh on Ljuba :o De Voest lost his first tie-break since he lost one to Ungur in November 2007.

PS. :spit:.

Albop
02-15-2008, 05:23 PM
Ljuba Truba :silly:

mdjenders
02-15-2008, 05:30 PM
yikes.

croat123
02-15-2008, 05:54 PM
omg ljubo :o
hope he's not taking these matches too seriously...

CooCooCachoo
02-15-2008, 07:10 PM
Ljubicic beat Recouderc, 6-3 7-5.

Now against Rik de Voest, who has not lost a tie-break in ages. I think it will be a tough match that Ivan will win.

:angel:

Win it all, Ivan :yeah:

Voo de Mar
02-15-2008, 07:54 PM
Close one :eek:
Probably saved a few mps.

According to tournament website, De Vost hadn't a match point. At 6:6 in the TB Ljubo won the point thanks to the netcord:

“Had it gone into the net or landed on his racket it would have been match point to him,” said Ljubicic. “But that proves how unpredictable tennis can be,” said Ljubicic.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-16-2008, 07:50 AM
Beat your friend,Ivan! :boxing:

Björki
02-16-2008, 09:33 AM
kom igen ToJo :rocker2:

Nathaliia
02-16-2008, 09:41 AM
If to trust Kostas Kastoria (the same who wanted to arrest adee-gee), Koubek is the first finalist.

Nathaliia
02-16-2008, 02:25 PM
Ljuba's match is suspended because of rain at 7-6 6-6 :lol: It keeps raining for a few hours already :o.

Deathless Mortal
02-16-2008, 02:50 PM
Ljuba's match is suspended because of rain at 7-6 6-6 :lol: It keeps raining for a few hours already :o.

Is that with Ljubo winning the first set? :wavey:

Nathaliia
02-16-2008, 02:58 PM
Yes Domi

RickDaStick
02-16-2008, 03:03 PM
Match will finish tomorrow. Ivan leading 76 66 winner plays Koubek right after that

croat123
02-16-2008, 03:38 PM
that's an interesting time for the match to be suspended. they could play anywhere from five minutes to over an hour tomorrow

TMJordan
02-16-2008, 03:39 PM
that's an interesting time for the match to be suspended. they could play anywhere from five minutes to over an hour tomorrow
Hopefully 5 minutes :smoke:

Nathaliia
02-17-2008, 08:47 AM
Yes, he won 7-3 in the tie break.

RaVeR
02-17-2008, 09:21 AM
Ljuba truba vs Koubek in final

Ljuba truba will lose for sure!

Tom Paulman
02-17-2008, 09:32 AM
Ljuba Truba will definitely lose, no jinxing

Sad that I can't bet on it. Would be free money.

RickDaStick
02-17-2008, 10:22 AM
Ljubo beats Koubek 76 64 in the finals

RickDaStick
02-17-2008, 10:24 AM
Ljuba Truba will definitely lose, no jinxing

Sad that I can't bet on it. Would be free money.

Good thing you hung on to those last few bucks you have, congrats :wavey:

Nathaliia
02-17-2008, 10:25 AM
Ljuba Truba will definitely lose, no jinxing

Sad that I can't bet on it. Would be free money.
don't worry be happy :lol:

RaVeR
02-17-2008, 10:28 AM
Ljuba truba won challenger!!
LOL

he defeated Koubek 7-6 6-4 in Final...

LOL
LOL

scarecrows
02-17-2008, 10:44 AM
Truba :worship:

Deathless Mortal
02-17-2008, 12:14 PM
Ljuba truba won challenger!!
LOL

he defeated Koubek 7-6 6-4 in Final...

LOL
LOL

What's so funny? You said he'll lose, and he won, you shouldn't be laughing, we all should be laughing at you cause you're making a fool of yourself ;)

I'm glad Ivan managed to win this tournament, defeated two decent players in SF and F,
Congrats Ivan :yeah:

Rogiman
02-17-2008, 12:28 PM
This challenger saw Ljuba Truba beating much better players than the ones playing both in the states and in south-america this week.

Tom Paulman
02-17-2008, 01:08 PM
The schedule saved my money :lol:

dijus
02-17-2008, 01:29 PM
unexpected title by Ljuba

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-17-2008, 01:34 PM
Good for Ivan! :D

its.like.that
02-17-2008, 01:36 PM
Ljubicic has finally found his home, on the challenger circuit.

:worship:

Nathaliia
02-17-2008, 01:37 PM
Well this day is slowly becoming Croatian :eek:.

Burrow
02-17-2008, 02:19 PM
Ivan Ljubicic :bowdown:

TMJordan
02-17-2008, 02:20 PM
:yeah:

Albop
02-17-2008, 02:26 PM
Ljuba :dance:

boughtmypoints
02-17-2008, 02:38 PM
Good for Ivan and all the top seeds, including de Voest.

Theoretically Ljuba's ranking will be helped by an incremental 30 points, the 90 replacing a 60 point haul. In practical terms, the extra 30 points does not help his ranking.

I'll let you know if I see any of the tennis players in Knysna tomorrow!

croat123
02-17-2008, 03:37 PM
beating johansson and koubek is more impressive than beating ginepri and nishikori...

ljubo definately picked up his level of play from the earlier rounds. hopefully he can get some confidence from this cause he has so many points to defend now

Horatio Caine
02-17-2008, 03:59 PM
Ivan :rocker2:

Koubek is the bridesmaid once again :haha:

Jaap
02-17-2008, 04:01 PM
Looks as though Ljubo has found his level.

ChinoRios4Ever
02-17-2008, 04:08 PM
vamos Ljuba Truba :bigclap:

ReturnWinner
02-17-2008, 04:41 PM
lets see how much confidence he has gained to face Berdych

Nathaliia
02-17-2008, 04:42 PM
he won an event and already gets haters :rolleyes:

ReturnWinner
02-17-2008, 04:46 PM
he won an event and already gets haters :rolleyes:

u say that for me? i am not a hater, just think this win should help him to face Berdych,he will arrive with five matches played and very much confidence where Berdych has played just a davis cup match since australia

RickDaStick
02-17-2008, 09:49 PM
i guess this would be a good time to say that Ivan got payed to come and play, he also went to test his new racquet.

Apemant
02-17-2008, 09:57 PM
i guess this would be a good time to say that Ivan got payed to come and play, he also went to test his new racquet.

What new racquet? It's still Head, right?

RickDaStick
02-17-2008, 10:18 PM
What new racquet? It's still Head, right?

http://www.dispatch.co.za/Galleries/gallery.aspx?id=174886 the black one :)