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Davis Cup FINAL- :)

El Legenda
11-17-2005, 11:46 AM
Go Croatia :)

11-17-2005, 12:24 PM
rest up ivan!! we are going to need you

11-18-2005, 04:20 PM
:bigclap: AJMO HRVATSKA :bigclap:

11-18-2005, 10:56 PM
AJMO Ivan and Croatia!!! :bounce:

11-20-2005, 11:05 PM
Ok Ivan, I had a heartbreaker week then win the DC and put a smile in my face please :)

El Legenda
11-20-2005, 11:08 PM
He Must He Will :)

11-21-2005, 07:35 PM
Ivan will have 12-0 (or 11-0 if we win in 2 days) in Davis Cup this year!

11-22-2005, 04:45 AM
Ivan will have 12-0 (or 11-0 if we win in 2 days) in Davis Cup this year!

:eek: he´s just amazing... :worship:

11-24-2005, 01:43 PM
Ivanisevic returns to Davis Cup

The Croatian and Slovak Tennis Associations today nominated their four-man teams for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final, which will take place on 2-4 December at the Sibamac Arena NTC, Bratislava:

Dominik Hrbaty
Karol Beck
Michal Mertinak
Karol Kucera
Miroslav Mecir (Captain)

Ivan Ljubicic
Mario Ancic
Ivo Karlovic
Goran Ivanisevic
Niki Pilic (Captain)

For the third tie in a row, the Slovak Republic have named an unchanged team. For its first Davis Cup Final, the Slovaks have named Dominik Hrbaty and Karol Beck, who have both won all but one of their live singles rubbers in the Slovaks' three victories so far this year, Michal Mertinak, who in partnership with Beck, is undefeated in three doubles rubbers, and veteran Karol Kucera. The Slovaks will enjoy home advantage for the fourth time this year.

Croatia have named 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic to replace Sasa Tuksar in a team otherwise unchanged to that which overcame Romania in the quarterfinals and Russia in the last four. Ivanisevic last played Davis Cup in 2003, partnering Ivan Ljubicic to victory in the doubles rubber against USA. He and Ljubicic are, in fact, unbeaten in six Davis Cup doubles rubbers so far. Ljubicic has won a maximum nine singles and doubles rubbers in the 2005 campaign through the semifinals and is bidding to emulate John McEnroe's perfect record of eight singles and four doubles rubbers in 1982.

The two nations have never met before in Davis Cup competition and are bidding to become the 12th nation to have its name engraved on the famous trophy.

Two of the four players nominated can be changed up to one hour before the draw, which takes place on 1 December at Bratislava Castle at 1000 GMT.

11-25-2005, 10:08 PM
This is Ivan's outfit for the final(rest of the guys will wear it too, except mario)


11-26-2005, 04:56 PM
Yesterday he was signing in the store
and you could buy this limited edition shirt specially made for this final,
I've bought one with his signature :)
http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/4803/frontside2bk.jpg http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/9306/backside5cs.jpg

..and some more photos from the store
(sorry for pour quality,
pics were taken with mobile phone camera :p )

11-26-2005, 06:13 PM
Thanks :) , it was nice idea by Diadora, and a good business idea, of course!

11-27-2005, 08:13 AM
Wow... I wish I could have been there.... Was this in Turbo Sport in Ilica???

11-27-2005, 11:15 AM
Wow... I wish I could have been there.... Was this in Turbo Sport in Ilica???
yup, Ilica 19

he was there for an hour,
with his wife,
they are really a nice couple ;)

11-27-2005, 09:50 PM
I really like the outfit!!! :D

El Legenda
11-29-2005, 03:39 AM
Ljubicic Shuns Talk of Perfect Davis Cup Season

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Ivan Ljubicic hopes to cap his banner season this weekend by leading Croatia to victory in the Davis Cup final against the Slovak Republic in Bratislava. But Ljubicic insists his opportunity to equal John McEnroe’s perfect 1982 Davis Cup season is a distant second on the priority list to delivering to Croatia its first Davis Cup title in history. The Slovak Republic is also chasing its first Davis Cup crown in the final, which runs Friday December 2 through Sunday December 4.

Ljubicic has a perfect 9-0 record in singles and doubles this year after an extraordinary performance in Davis Cup. He is bidding to match John McEnroe's perfect 1982 season when he won eight singles and four doubles rubbers.

Ljubicic has a 56-23 match record in 2005 after winning two titles (Metz, Vienna) from eight finals and has finished ninth in the INDESIT ATP 2005 Race. Ljubicic said that despite his breakthrough season, he would only feel satisfied with his year if Croatia wins the final – regardless of whether he equals McEnroe’s record or not.

“[My Davis Cup wins] were fantastic, all of them, but if we lose in the final it will be easy to forget them,” Ljubicic told DavisCup.org radio. “I just hope we can win the title and I can enjoy the whole year. I’m going to finish in the Top 10 and if we can win the Davis Cup final then I can say the whole year has just been fantastic.

“People are talking about me equaling McEnroe’s record but as I said during the semifinal against Russia I don’t care about that. I just want to win [for Croatia]. Even if I lose both my singles and we win by winning Mario’s [Ancic] two singles and the doubles, that’s enough.”

The Slovak Republic will be led by Dominik Hrbaty, who is 4-1 in Davis Cup singles this year, and Karol Beck, who scored a pivotal upset win over Guillermo Coria in the semifinal against Argentina.

11-29-2005, 10:27 AM
AJMO Ivan! :banana:


11-30-2005, 01:52 PM
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas 2005 - Statistical preview of the Final


El Legenda
11-30-2005, 05:33 PM
THanks :)

12-01-2005, 10:52 PM
Draw made for Davis Cup Final: : Beck plays but must face Ljubicic in the first rubber

The draw has been made for the 2005 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final between Slovak Republic and Croatia in Bratislava:

Karol Beck (SVK) v Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) v Mario Ancic (CRO)
Karol Beck/Michael Mertinak (SVK) v Mario Ancic/Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) v Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
Karol Beck (SVK) v Mario Ancic (CRO)

So after all of the speculation and mind games of the last few days, the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final is back to square one. Both captains have elected to stick with the team line-ups and combinations that have carried them this far, and Goran Ivanisevic and Karol Kucera, the two old stagers around whose participation most of the speculation revolved, must sit on the sidelines – for now at least.

First up on Friday will be Ivan Ljubicic, on paper at least the best player in this Final, facing Karol Beck, the Slovak No. 2 whom many had expected to sit out at least the singles. All week the Slovaks had been proclaiming loudly that Kucera was playing really well, and the absence from Beck from many of the practice sessions here at the National Tennis Centre seemed to reinforce the feeling that Kucera would make an unlikely appearance.

However, Slovak Captain Miloslav Mecir has decided to stick with Beck, who says he has recovered from the knee and elbow injuries that caused him to retire from his last two events in October.

“I feel very, very well over the last two or three days. My knee hasn’t bothered me at all. Everything worked very, very well. I look forward to the matches.”

If Beck is fully fit, then it would certainly seem the logical decision. Beck is ranked No. 57 to Kucera’s 297, and Beck has won two of his three live singles and all of his three doubles rubbers in Davis Cup play this year, while Kucera has played and won just one dead singles rubber in 2005.

However, it does seem that the hosts’ task was made a little more difficult by the draw at the Bratislava Castle today, as Ljubicic was handed the first rubber. The Croat, who of course has won all nine rubbers he has contested in 2005 and could equal John McEnroe’s achievement of twelve Davis Cup wins in 1982, has a 2-1 head-to-head record against Beck, winning their last two encounters. If he beats Beck he would be the first man to win ten live rubbers in a year since the World Group was created in 1981.

Ljubicic’s recent blistering form would also suggest that Croatia will take the first rubber, and he said he was pleased to be first on.

“Well I think lately I play the level of tennis that it doesn’t matter who is on the other side.

“I prefer to know exactly at what time I play because I can prepare much better.”

Croatian Captain Niki Pilic echoed this, and also suggested that there would be more pressure on Dominik Hrbaty in the second rubber if the Slovaks are indeed 1-0 down.

Mecir however disagreed: “It’s not important who plays who. What is important and what counts is who gets the three points.”

“We also have to take into consideration that Davis Cup is different,” added Beck. “There is the psychological element. I will do my best and we’ll see what comes of it.”

Second up Friday will be Dominik Hrbaty against Mario Ancic, a rubber that the Slovaks really must win to have a realistic chance of winning the Cup. Hrbaty said that he expects the atmosphere in the arena to be unbelievable and that his home fans are apparently planning some surprises in terms of how they express their support, so that could work in his favour. The court too is not as fast as it has been for previous ties, according to the Slovaks, as it was re-laid before the recent Challenger event here and the surface speeds up as it gets worn, so that could also help Hrbaty’s counter-punching game.

Something has got to give in the doubles, as the captains have again stuck with the tried and tested pairings of Karol Beck/Michal Mertinak for the hosts, and Mario Ancic/Ivan Ljubicic for the visitors. Both pairs bring unbeaten 2005 Davis Cup records into Saturday’s rubber, having played and won the doubles rubbers in each of their three previous ties this year.

Sunday will see Ljubicic face Hrbaty before Beck takes on Ancic in the final rubber.

So it seems that Ivanisevic and Kucera will not be appearing before Sunday, if at all, unless long matches on Friday or injuries prompt the captains to throw them into the doubles. For either of them to step into the pressure-cooker of a live final day singles rubber also seems a tall order, so a dead fifth rubber – if there is one – would be the most likely scenario for these two national tennis heroes to appear.

Kucera thinks this is more likely than Ivanisevic: “I believe the result after two days will be 3-0 because we are full of energy. We believe in ourselves.”

Ivanisevic though thinks that he won’t be appearing.

“If we win 3-1, there’s no point of playing [the fifth rubber] because everybody’s going to be drunk.

If we lose 3-1, I think everybody’s going to be disappointed, and they’re going to celebrate. Again, nobody’s going to watch. Maybe if it’s 3-0, then is different.”

12-02-2005, 11:31 AM
:woohoo: D-day :woohoo:

I´m skipping school (again) and I cancelled work(again ;)) for his weekend, so I´ll be able to watch each single second!!

BTW, they changed Kucera instead of Beck... An even easier first match!!!

I can´t believe this day has finally arrived :D

12-02-2005, 01:14 PM
:banana: one set and one break in da pocket :woohoo: IVAN!!!

El Legenda
12-02-2005, 02:15 PM
:woohoo: D-day :woohoo:

I´m skipping school (again) and I cancelled work(again ;)) for his weekend, so I´ll be able to watch each single second!!

:speakles: if you keep this up, you're getting kicked out of school and fired from working :rolls: ;)

El Legenda
12-02-2005, 02:15 PM
:banana: one set and one break in da pocket :woohoo: IVAN!!!

6-3 6-4 6-3 :yeah:

12-02-2005, 06:00 PM
Easy day for Ivan :yeah:

Now good luck in doubles!!! :bounce:

12-03-2005, 06:47 PM
I saw the doubles match it was great
well played Ivan + Mario
and good luck tomorrow


12-03-2005, 08:07 PM
:speakles: if you keep this up, you're getting kicked out of school and fired from working :rolls: ;)

I´d love to get kicked out from everywhere, because of all the finals Croatia is playing in ;) ...

12-03-2005, 08:38 PM
Just one more :banana:

Be the hero Ivan!!! :bounce:

El Legenda
12-04-2005, 03:55 AM
I´d love to get kicked out from everywhere, because of all the finals Croatia is playing in ;) ...

:rolls: where have you been, :awww: long time no talk :sad:

12-04-2005, 07:25 AM
:rolls: where have you been, :awww: long time no talk :sad:

I know :sad: ... But I´m having some problems with my :tape: MSN!!! I hope I´ll be able to get someone to fix it soon and then I´ll MSN you as soon as possible :hug: !!

12-04-2005, 03:41 PM
:fiery: :tape: :fiery: :tape: :fiery: :tape: :fiery: :tape:

El Legenda
12-04-2005, 04:34 PM
:fiery: :tape: :fiery: :tape: :fiery: :tape: :fiery: :tape:


12-04-2005, 04:40 PM
Ahh Ivan :sad: :sad: :sad:

12-04-2005, 05:14 PM
Ahh Ivan :sad: :sad: :sad:

:hug: you..... and you too RDucky....

12-04-2005, 10:23 PM






12-05-2005, 04:51 PM
I would like to congratulate IVAN especially on Croatia's DC win! He was the one who got the team to the final, winning his matches in spectacular style. I am not surprised that he lost to Dom yesterday because he's been going absolutely crazy winning two titles, making Shanghai and winning a match and now the DC. Well done, Ivan and Croatia -- well deserved title! ;)

12-06-2005, 01:00 AM

Ljubicic inspires the next generation

Mario Ancic's first 'live' singles victory in 2005 that proved the decisive point in Croatia's win over the Slovak Republic in Bratislava last weekend, spared the blushes of a nation who have relied largely upon Ivan Ljubicic, the world No 9 and player of the Davis Cup year, writes James Buddell.

While Ljubicic lost to Dominik Hrbaty in the first reverse singles rubber on Sunday, he described himself as "the happiest loser in the world," on the back of Ancic's crucial three sets win over Michal Mertinak.

Ancic may have won Croatia the Davis Cup - adding to four doubles victories with Ljubicic in 2005 - but the history books will note the achievement of Ljubicic's 11 wins out of 12 'live' rubbers.

Ljubicic record of beating the United States 'Dream Team' of Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and the Bryans brothers, added to tie winning victories over Romania's Andre Pavel and Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, will stand the test of time in Dwight Davis' competition.

The 26-year-old finished one win short of John McEnroe's perfect 12 in 1982. But it must be noted that the American legend won three 'dead' rubbers.


Croatia's victory will have delighted Goran Ivanisevic, although a place as a spectator on the sidelines would have played havoc with his emotions - and his alter egos.

No matter, Ivanisevic will take credit for the fact that his 2001 Wimbledon triumph has inspired the current squad of Ljubicic, Ancic and Ivo Karlovic.

The trio will now inspire the next generation.

"For us this is incredible because in the next five years, a lot of kids in Croatia will play tennis, knowing that our team are world champions," 34-year-old Ivanisevic said. "For tennis and for sport in Croatia this is beautiful."

The players influence was felt when tens of thousands turned out in the capital's main market square, to pay tribute to their Croatian heroes upon their return to Zagreb from Vienna on Monday.

12-06-2005, 01:51 AM
Today in Croatia :hearts:


12-06-2005, 05:16 AM
OK - I know I've said this on GM already - but just wanted to come over and says congrats to Ivan and Croatia for their Davis Cup win. I hope he enjoys his (brief) off-season and has a great 2006 :)