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Next Stop: Miami

03-17-2006, 01:14 AM
Good luck Ivan in Miami :bounce:

El Legenda
03-17-2006, 04:44 AM

03-18-2006, 12:46 AM
Please, no again Roger in Ivan's draw :sad:

03-19-2006, 08:34 AM
Also this is the slower court,Ivan has to improve his movement, :rocker2: when he wins some crucial points he should pump like Nadal as well! ;)

03-21-2006, 04:39 AM
Not a bad draw :)

(1) FEDERER, Roger SUI v Bye
Qualifier v CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA
HORNA, Luis PER v MAYER, Florian GER
Bye v (27) HAAS, Tommy GER
(24) ANDREEV, Igor RUS v Bye
BRACCIALI, Daniele ITA v Qualifier
TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS v Qualifier
Bye v (14) FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP

(9) BLAKE, James USA v Bye
BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG v (WC) YOUNG, Donald USA
Bye v (23) NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN
(32) CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG v Bye
Bye v (8) GAUDIO, Gaston ARG

(4) RODDICK, Andy USA v Bye
PAVEL, Andrei ROM v MARTIN, Alberto ESP
SEPPI, Andreas ITA v SPADEA, Vincent USA
Bye v (31) VERDASCO, Fernando ESP
(17) HRBATY, Dominik SVK v Bye
Qualifier v SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn THA
Bye v (13) HEWITT, Lleyton AUS

(11) FERRER, David ESP v Bye
MONTANES, Albert ESP v Qualifier
Bye v (19) GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA
(29) ROCHUS, Olivier BEL v Bye
Bye v (7) CORIA, Guillermo ARG

(5) DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS v Bye
Qualifier v Qualifier
Qualifier v (WC) QUERREY, Sam USA
Bye v (25) BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP
(22) ANCIC, Mario CRO v Bye
MELZER, Jurgen AUT v Qualifier
SIMON, Gilles FRA v SERRA, Florent FRA
Bye v (12) GASQUET, Richard FRA

(15) STEPANEK, Radek CZE v Bye
MASSU, Nicolas CHI v SLUITER, Raemon NED
Bye v (21) ROBREDO, Tommy ESP
(26) BERDYCH, Tomas CZE v Bye
Qualifier v GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA
Bye v (3) NALBANDIAN, David ARG

(6) LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO v Bye
Qualifier v Qualifier
Bye v (30) VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
(20) GINEPRI, Robby USA v Bye
ROCHUS, Christophe BEL v MOODIE, Wesley RSA
Bye v (10) AGASSI, Andre USA

(16) KIEFER, Nicolas GER v Bye
Bye v (18) GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI
(28) MONFILS, Gael FRA v Bye
MOYA, Carlos ESP v HANESCU, Victor ROM
Bye v (2) NADAL, Rafael ESP

Peta Pan
03-21-2006, 11:57 AM
:yeah: On paper it looks a half decent draw... lets hope it works out that way :)

:bounce: GO IVAN IN MIAMI :bounce:

03-23-2006, 05:44 AM
OK draw,but not happy he maybe has to play against Andre. :o
Improve the movement and return,hit more winners esp by fh,otherwise people only think he has one-dimensional game! :rolleyes:

El Legenda
03-24-2006, 10:35 PM
Ivan wins :) 6-3 :) 6-7 :( 6-3 :)

03-25-2006, 12:05 AM
Well done Ivan! :yeah:

03-26-2006, 04:56 AM
Volandri should be easy for Ivan ;)

03-27-2006, 04:24 AM
And was easy: 6-2 6-3 :yeah:

The next victim: C. Rochus ;)

El Legenda
03-27-2006, 05:18 AM
Ivan has SF or even F in his hands, just dont drop it. :)

03-27-2006, 09:59 AM
His match seemed very good, :smooch: but just ok in the second set,he was broken twice,god those mistake were too easy to lose. :o
I think Ivan seems not that relies on his big serve,isn't that fast now,it's ok but when he plays against top players,I hope he will focus on his serve more. :)
He is the few players that I like won the match yesterday! :banghead: I don't have many focus to watch,so he better play well in next matches! :bigclap:

El Legenda
03-28-2006, 03:45 PM
Ivan won the 1st set 6-3 with 3 breaks

got broken once :mad:

*30-40 now in 2nd :mad:

03-28-2006, 04:25 PM
Ivan won 6-3 6-1 with 31 winners and 12 u.e ... Very easy! :yeah:

03-29-2006, 06:49 PM

here the live match Ljubicic - Calleri =)

El Legenda
03-29-2006, 08:11 PM
Ivan wins :yeah:

7-6 6-3

another good TMS result

last 4= 2 finals 1 QF and now here a SF :)

03-30-2006, 05:39 AM
I'm sure he must win so I don't feel excited. :p
People think Nalbandian is the favourite,so he should prove them wrong! :aplot:

03-30-2006, 08:15 AM
Do you post itw transcripts here? :wavey:

I. LJUBICIC/A. Calleri
7-6, 6-3

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Can you talk about the level of your play today. It was fantastic.

IVAN LJUBICIC: I think it was very good, yeah. Finally, I'm happy with the way I played because I also talk with my coach and I was not really, really happy the way I played first rounds. But, you know, a win is a win.

But today finally I think I served amazingly. I lost only one point on my first serve, and I really dominate all my service games. He had no breakpoints.

I think also him played -- I think also he played very good first set. He hit some amazing shots off the baseline. It was very aggressive. I think in the second he dropped the pace a little bit and gave me opportunity to be more aggressive off the baseline.

But I think the first set was really, really high-level tennis.

Q. When you serve that well, do you feel you can beat anybody in the world?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I mean, I'm No. 2 now for points of this year, so, I mean, of course I feel 24-3 this year record. Definitely I feel like No. 2 player in the world. It's not a secret. It's not just the feeling. Also I think the numbers are showing the same way.

I always say you cannot win the matches just with the serve, you have to play well. There are many guys out there who are serving very good but not doing this, not making the same results that I do. So definitely if you serve well, you can play much more relaxed on return games, and that definitely helps.

Q. Do you feel sort of overlooked here? Roger gets a lot of attention.

IVAN LJUBICIC: I don't mind at all, really. I don't like too much attention. I of course appreciate, like, for example, in Australia I played many matches on center court and here in the States, I don't know, probably tournaments, that they didn't like me, but in Indian Wells I played first match on center court, quarterfinal. Now again first match on center court, it's quarterfinal.

So it's kind of difficult to switch courts every time, but, you know, it's all tennis. And if I play well, of course I'm gonna earn that attention, I'm gonna earn center court appearances, I hope.

Q. What did you talk at the end of the match with him?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I told him revenge on Friday, next Friday (smiling). Which, I think, is gonna be the case.

Q. How can you compare this match to the hypothetical match you can have against Agustin if he plays singles next week at the Davis Cup?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, it's gonna be different. It's gonna be indoors, it's gonna be in Croatia, it's gonna be quite faster and it's gonna be even less rallies than today. I know that if I serve well, I'm gonna have chances. But I think Agustin also played very, very good first set. So if he plays like the way he played in the first set, it's gonna be all tiebreaks I guess because the court there is even faster. It's gonna be even more difficult to break.

I think it's gonna be extremely tight, tight match.

Q. Overall in the series?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Overall in the series, well, I think it's absolutely open. I think doubles, it's gonna be very important because David, the way he plays now, it's gonna be very hard to beat him. We gonna try, obviously, try, both of us, to beat Agustin. But I think every match is gonna be absolutely open. I think it's definitely the best match of quarterfinal of Davis Cup.

Q. Can you talk about your prospective opponents, David Nalbandian and obviously you know Mario?

IVAN LJUBICIC: David, I consider him unbelievable player. He is one of the guys who beat Roger when Roger was playing well, which you have to take, I mean -- you have to give him credit for that because to beat Roger best of five, 7-5 in the fifth in the final of Masters Cup, it means that you are definitely a fantastic player.

Sometimes he has ups and downs, but I think this year he is more focused. I see him more focused. I see that he wants to be up there, he wants to be No. 3 or No. 2 in the world and maybe give a bite to Roger a couple times if he can. He's definitely more focused than he was in the past years. It's gonna be extremely hard. We played three times, it's 2-1 for him. You know, obviously I think in case that Mario wins, I'm gonna have better chance because I really think Nalbandian is unbelievable player.

Mario, he has a great serve. We played already two times this year in Marseille and in Indian Wells. We know each other very well. So in that case, it's gonna be more mental game than tennis, 'cause it's kind of strange to play against your partner in doubles because we are still in doubles tomorrow. We have quarterfinal doubles.

Q. Does that take the edge off of it, does it make it more difficult to play a match like that?

IVAN LJUBICIC: It definitely, I mean, brings the match more equal 'cause, you know, we know each other so we can see if there are any -- but we definitely know the way the other guy's thinking and important points what is possible. Like the way the other guy is gonna serve and stuff like that. We played so many matches together.

But we'll see. I'm definitely gonna enjoy that match tonight and see what's gonna happen. I think David is little bit favorite there.

Q. Do you think Calleri is more difficult on carpet than Coria and Gaudio?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I think so. I think he has a big game. He's very dangerous opponent. When he is playing well, it's very hard to play against him. I played against Coria in Masters Cup, and it was quite easy match for me. I didn't play much against Gaston on that kind of court, but Gaston is struggling lately, even on clay.

So I think -- I'm sure that Alberto will pick the best possible team.

Q. What do you think you lack in your game to be up there in the top? You mention David, that he's playing more --

IVAN LJUBICIC: More focused, yeah.

Q. Do you think it's consistency, a matter of consistency in yourself?

IVAN LJUBICIC: For me? Well, I mean, I was always consistent, just that, you know, three, four years ago, consistency meant third round and quarterfinal; now consistency means winning tournaments and playing finals.

It's just that my level of tennis, it's little bit higher now than before. Every time when I go on the court, I think I'm gonna win and I am confident that I am the better player no matter who is on the other side - except Roger, of course.

Q. It's a matter of confidence?

IVAN LJUBICIC: It is. I mean, well, you can be as much as you want confident but if your game is not there, you know, it's not only confidence. But once you have a game, you have to be confident to win a lot of matches in a row and, you know, this year I played, I think, five, six tournaments. The worst result was quarterfinal. I won two tournaments, played quarters in Australia, quarters in Indian Wells, quarters in Marseille, and now here in the semis.

I definitely think that I'm picking the right tournaments to play, and my level of energy is very high at the moment.

Q. You said at the end of last year, having had such a great year, reaching Shanghai, you were hoping to sustain it.


Q. The fact that you have sustained it must do wonders for your self-confidence.

IVAN LJUBICIC: I mean, probably. I was talking in the end of last year, I was talking that I'm gonna be probably focused on Australian Open, Indian Wells and Key Biscayne because I was afraid how high is gonna be my energy level because I played so many matches in the end of the season. But, you know, I jumped, jumped up the season fantastically. I won Chennai, I won Zagreb. So it's not a matter of energy. I pulled out from Rotterdam and Dubai because I was real exhausted in Marseille. So you have to be careful not to play too much, but, again, if you take too much time off, then you slightly lose the confidence and you have to work your game again.

So that's, I think, the most important thing at the moment, is to pick right tournaments and to play at a high level all the time.

Q. How much work, apart from obviously with a racquet in your hand, does it take to be Davis Cup captain of Croatia as well?

IVAN LJUBICIC: It is a lot of work, I have to say. I just announced that this next match is gonna be my last as a captain. It's not only sitting there, because I -- against Austria, I was sitting for four and a half sets and then after I played a match and that's not the problem. The problem is all the work with the media about the match, especially now when the match is coming closer, all the talks with the federation representing the players, representing everyone. It's not easy, definitely.

I think it was okay for match or two, but to do that on consistent basis, it's little bit too hard.

Q. What will happen now, do you know?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I don't know. Of course we all hope that Goran is going to change his mind and gonna take the team. If that doesn't happen, then, you know, we gonna have another captain. As I said, for me, I said no for three names in the past, but even if they bring those three names up again, it's -- I'm gonna play no matter what. That's not a question.

Q. Have you and Mario spoken to Goran about it lately?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I'm talking to Goran on a regular basis, almost every day. He just sprained his ankle again, of course. I mean, he's very unlucky with the injuries. But he's not changing his mind at the moment. But he might, you just never know with him.

Q. Speaking of Goran, is your service motion a conscious --

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, I learned a lot from him. I think bringing the legs into the serve, it's a lot -- I learned a lot from him, that's no question. If you serve only with your arm, sooner or later your shoulder is gonna break up. But if you lose -- if you use all your weight and bring that weight into the ball, you don't use that much your arm.

So I think it's very important. I think his problem with the shoulder was that he was not taking any time off when he felt like he was struggling with the shoulder and stuff.

But, yes, I mean, you know, that ball toss and stuff, when you hang around with the guys like that, you can learn a lot. Like also if you hang around with Coria, for example, you can learn a lot about how to move on court and how to pass, play the passing shots. That's natural.

Q. You mentioned there were other things about the captaincy you don't like. What about the relationship with the players? You as a captain, does it affect your relationship with other players?

IVAN LJUBICIC: It does. It does. That's probably the hardest part. Because one thing is talk with Mario as a partner, but one thing is talk with him as a captain. He always wanted to know everything about what's going on, and in case I forgot to tell him something, you know, he feels, yeah, he feels bad.

So I don't want, you know -- with him, it's always I want to have good relationship because we always play doubles together, we always do a lot of things together, we always split every money that we earn in playing doubles or Davis Cup or even Dusseldorf, we split everything. So I just want to have that -- I prefer that relationship to be healthy instead of making some mistakes as a captain.

Q. Britain, as you know, are playing Serbia-Montenegro. You know Novak probably better than anyone.


Q. Can you talk about his improvement as a player over the last year or so.

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, he's still young so it means ups and downs, a lot of ups and downs. He can play an unbelievable match, he can play a really crappy match, what he played against Coria, I think.

It's a lot really about motivation and the way of the level of how focused he is. I think at the Davis Cup he is gonna bring a lot of good matches because he is definitely a lot -- I mean, he has motivation to play well.

Q. And he is a great talent.

IVAN LJUBICIC: I think he is fantastic talent. I think his athleticism and talent for tennis, it's very high. Now he has to organize his life. He has to become professional tennis player, which means a lot, actually. And when he does it, he's gonna be very, very danger player.

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Peta Pan
03-30-2006, 11:17 AM
Thankyou very, very much for that Maria :hug:

I often don't read long passages because I have trouble keeping concentration when reading, but I really enjoyed that :yeah:

03-30-2006, 11:24 AM
:wavey: Hi Peta, yep, I found it quite interesting too.
I wish they could talk some sense into Goran. :rolleyes: :sad:

03-30-2006, 02:17 PM
MariaV,if you don't mind I'll put his interview in "News and articles". ;)
I can't use the proper word to say how real and good in his interview! :hearts: Lots of people don't understand but I do.He's a brave to say he feels like No.2. :crazy: But I think it's too early to say and he takes the pressure at the same time. :eek: Hope he will beat Nalbandian,hope he will pump his fist and show more emotion like he won against Calleri! :bigclap:

Q. You mentioned there were other things about the captaincy you don't like. What about the relationship with the players? You as a captain, does it affect your relationship with other players?

IVAN LJUBICIC: It does. It does. That's probably the hardest part. Because one thing is talk with Mario as a partner, but one thing is talk with him as a captain. He always wanted to know everything about what's going on, and in case I forgot to tell him something, you know, he feels, yeah, he feels bad.

So I don't want, you know -- with him, it's always I want to have good relationship because we always play doubles together, we always do a lot of things together, we always split every money that we earn in playing doubles or Davis Cup or even Dusseldorf, we split everything. So I just want to have that -- I prefer that relationship to be healthy instead of making some mistakes as a captain.

Mario is lucky to have this kind of friend and partner! ;)

03-31-2006, 07:13 AM
:wavey: Post it wherever you like! :D
And yep, it's good to see that he & Mario have such a good relationship. :D

Hola Mr. SK
03-31-2006, 08:56 PM
Congrats Ljubo for making the finals.Well done :yeah::hatoff:
Best of luck against Roger!:)

04-01-2006, 06:40 AM
:aparty: :bdaycake: :dance: :crazy: :music: :smooch: :drink: :banana: :kiss: :bigclap:
It's a very good result,no matter how bad Nalbandian was. :)
In the next match he will be so difficult to win,just want him to make it much closer than last time. :cool:

04-01-2006, 10:07 AM

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04-01-2006, 03:46 PM
Thanks Ivan for kick Nalbandian big ass!!!! :worship: :devil: :worship:

Good luck in the final! :yeah:

04-02-2006, 01:15 PM

04-02-2006, 01:16 PM
You can win this!!

04-02-2006, 08:37 PM
Hater is hater. :retard: Call him evil. :rolleyes:
But whatever he tried to make it closer,he lost in 3.He can't serve at crucial points,he was't determined to take the point that he should do easily enough,he served and volleyed in inappropriate time and let Federer played passing shot easily...

04-03-2006, 01:11 AM
Great effort Ivan :hug:

04-04-2006, 11:57 AM

April 2, 2006

R. FEDERER/I. Ljubicic
7-6, 7-6, 7-6


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Ivan, please.

Q. Every time you needed to get an important backhand today, it just wasn't there. If your backhand had been even 10% better today, do we have a different match?

IVAN LJUBICIC: It's hard to just talk about one shot. I mean, it was great match. We played over three hours, three tiebreaks. If my backhand was off, it would be like 2, 2 and 2.

I think it was just the bigger points he played better. He definitely played more relaxed and more confident than I did. On 6-5, set point in the third set, he comes up with a great, great serve. Then on matchpoint he hit the net. I mean, in those moments, it's something else that made the difference.

But of course I think in the end when you draw the line, he probably played a little better than me, and that's, you know -- straight sets, it's maybe little hard, but you he definitely deserved this win.

Q. We're used to seeing you hit your backhand with your confidence and accuracy than you did today.

IVAN LJUBICIC: I'm not disappointed with my backhand, no.

Q. Is it frustrating to be so close, or are you proud of the way you played since it was so close against the No. 1 player?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, the moment, like 10 seconds after the match, you mad because you think you were close. But then a week after, you proud of the way -- I mean, I'm gonna be proud the way I played and the fact that I was close.

But, I mean, it's still a loss, of course. As I said, it's straight sets, so it definitely feels a little rough.

But this is when you play a tiebreak against him, he never misses. He rarely gives you anything. Of course he comes up with the big shots when it's really important.

Q. Can you talk about the ups and downs of this match for both players, how the quality of tennis surged back and forth. Talk about the match as you saw it.

IVAN LJUBICIC: Yeah, I think we had pretty good start, but I knew that I'm gonna have a problems with the serve in the second set because of the sun. It's really hard from that side to serve well 'cause you always have to toss the ball where there's no sun, and that's never where you want to have a ball.

And of course, you know, if he push hard, I have to push hard to stay close to him. And if he slows down a little bit, you know, it's hard to still be pushing hard.

So, yes, I mean, we kind of, you know, played a match together. When he broke me, I broke him back in the second. So it was definitely really, really close match. But, again, as I said, in tiebreaks, I think especially in the second set after 4-1, he played some great shots. I remember like many tiebreaks that I played against him, it was always the same. He is coming up with the winners on the line or some crazy shots, what happened the same today.

Q. What went through your mind when the ball hit the net and rolled over.

IVAN LJUBICIC: No, "It's over."

Q. What did you say to each other at the net?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Nothing. I said "Congratulations".

I mean, of course there is -- you would wish that the match finishes in different style, you know. Even I think if you ask him, he would say that he would prefer, you know, something else.

But this is tennis. I mean, this is just another way to win a point, so he did it. It was little bit disappointing in the end, for two reasons. One, is that I lost. Second, I think the way, it was not really beautiful.

Q. You play long enough in junior tennis or whatever, you probably had a match somewhere along the way where a match ended like this either in your favor or against you. Have you ever been in an important match, not necessarily --

IVAN LJUBICIC: I don't remember any match finishing like this, honestly.

Q. In your favor?

IVAN LJUBICIC: No, no. I remember like in doubles once I returned and flicked the net and the guy missed the volley, but it's just not the same.

Q. Does it make you think like the guy just has incredible shots and incredible luck?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, I mean, that occasion he was lucky but you can't say he won a match because he was lucky, you know.

Q. Right, but a shot like that.

IVAN LJUBICIC: He was definitely looking for the short ball. That's what he, makes him special, you know. He goes for some shots that no one else does. I mean, nobody else is really looking for short, short return. I mean, he does it often. It's just another, as I said, way for him to win a point. One time it's gonna stay back, one time it's gonna flip over. This time it flipped over.

It was, in that moment, bad luck. But even if that ball stayed on the other side, who knows, maybe it would be 9-7 or four sets, five sets, who knows. But as I said, I don't think it's a great way to finish the match because now we talk only about that point and the match was like three hours and something with many, many great points.

Q. This talent he has for lifting his game in those key moments in tiebreakers and stuff, do you feel this is something that's learned, or is it confidence?

IVAN LJUBICIC: You have to ask him. I don't know how he does it. But it's definitely he raise his level especially in tiebreaks. I played many tiebreaks now against him and I won few, but he definitely play best tennis in the tiebreaks. It's not a secret.

I don't know, I think his tiebreak, it's 11-1 this year or something like that, and the one he lost he was 4-Love up against Clement. He's definitely playing best tennis in tiebreak. There's no fortunate there.

Q. It was a great match for both.

IVAN LJUBICIC: Of course. I'm happy the way I played. Maybe I could, you know, you always say yes, but now looking back, I should do this, do that. But it was definitely nice match. I think crowd enjoyed it.

Q. When it is that close, do you find you do replay certain points? Tonight, are you the type of player who is going to be thinking, "If I had done this, this and this..."

IVAN LJUBICIC: When it's three sets, not really. If you have a matchpoint and you miss it and you lose a match having matchpoint, then of course you think about that point a lot. But I don't think there was a certain point when I should say like, "If I did this, maybe I could win the match." In the end, it was straight sets.

Q. You lost two tiebreakers to start. Yet you came out, there was no letdown. Didn't get pounded in the third set, obviously. What was your mindset?

IVAN LJUBICIC: No, I think I was -- I wanted to fight, you know, because I remember of course the match he lost against Nalbandian at the Masters Cup. I knew that his best tennis is usually in the first set and then he's dropping a little bit. I mean, his dropping is just - dropping, I mean. It's not really dropping.

But, I mean, I knew that I was enjoying the way I played and I wanted to give a fight. And if you win a third, you just never know, you still in the match. Maybe fourth, maybe fifth.

But, unfortunately, I had a break, I was playing really good tennis in that beginning of the third set, and then one very bad game and everything was back, back on serve again.

Q. You mentioned that you didn't want to overhit, that that's a tendency against Federer. Did you manage to stick to your game plan in that sense?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I think more or less, yes. Of course you can't play the same way against Federer and against Nalbandian or any other player. But I think I did pretty much everything I wanted to do.

Q. After this do you think you can win a Masters or a Grand Slam event?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Why not? I mean, I lost other two finals in five sets against Nadal and Berdych and now three tiebreakers against Roger. Of course I think I can.

Q. You said before that you learn every time you play Roger. What did you learn from this match?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I'm not gonna say it in press conference (laughing).

It's something that you pay, you know. I paid $266,000 this loss (laughter), so this is something that's worth it, this information.

Q. You seem to know that figure quite exactly.

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, I know it's always double, you know. Finalist and the winner. I know how much I get.

Q. Following Davis Cup, what is your clay court schedule?

IVAN LJUBICIC: It's Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, then week off. Well, actually started with a week off because after Davis Cup I'm not playing. So Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, week off, Rome, Hamburg, then World Team Cup and Paris.

Q. Is it good to have a Davis Cup so quickly to take your mind off this loss?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Of course not. I'm not going to say, I can't say now that I'm gonna play 100% on Friday because we have this opportunity maybe to put Mario against No. 2 first day. We gonna work it out. It's hard to say now.

Unfortunately, Ivo, it's not something, I don't think, he can help out a little bit. Of course it would be better if the Davis Cup wasn't there.

Q. Do you find ever as a player, you know, the people in the stands marvel at the shots he makes. When you're a player in the midst of a match, do you find yourself saying, "How did he do that?"

IVAN LJUBICIC: Yes, yes, many times. He is the guy who, as I said, is coming up with some solutions that you usually don't see it on a court. So, yes, I mean, but you have to forget pretty quickly and concentrate on the next point.

Q. Is there one shot in that final tiebreak that you'd like to take back?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Matchpoint (laughing).

Q. Maybe one you felt hurt you the most?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I don't really remember. Are you aiming on something or...? Do you have in mind?

No, I mean, of course set point but he served well. I mean, it's hard, hard to say.

Again, I don't really feel that it's a match about one point, you know. It was close, but not really that close.

Q. Do you know when you are flying to Croatia?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I go tomorrow. I fly tomorrow. I'm gonna be in Croatia Tuesday morning.

Q. You've talked to Goran a few days ago, talked about how to sleep. Have you spoken with him since? Did he have final words to say to you before this match?

IVAN LJUBICIC: No, I spoke with Thomas Johansson. He can't play now so he's watching all matches on TV and putting some comments. He's nice guy.

Q. What was his advice?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Oh, again, I mean... (smiling).

Q. Was it good advice?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Of course it was, yeah. I won many points with that advice, yeah. It's expensive coach, though (laughter).

Q. Because Roger is seemingly such a good guy, is it sometimes hard to work out the sort of animosity toward him when you're competing against him?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I am not kind of guy that have -- I don't have to hate the guy to play against him. I don't mind.

I mean, as I always say, if I have to lose to someone, Roger is always the one because he's No. 1, because he's nice guy, and everything else. I don't mind against -- playing against nice guys. There are lot of nice guys around.

Q. Were you surprised he made such a fuss about that call at the baseline?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Actually, I don't know what he was saying. I think the linesman, what, made call it out and then correct herself and he wanted to maybe repeat. I don't know what he was going for.

Usually he is not, yeah, never arguing the calls.

Q. You didn't feel like using the HawkEye today?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I don't know. If I thought maybe there was a ball, I would call it. I used that in past two matches.

Q. When you saw him arguing a call, did it sort of pick you up because did it make you feel like, "I'm kind of getting to him a little bit? He's getting frustrated"?

IVAN LJUBICIC: No, no, he didn't look frustrated. He was just, I think, curious to see what's going on. It was definitely something that he was not clear with. I don't think he was nervous -- I mean, even when he is nervous, he is still playing good tennis. So you have to be nervous little bit because you are in the final and it's good match.

But I don't think it would make any difference if he was more nervous or less.

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