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Ivan to play East London CH!...He won! :)

Blue Heart24
02-04-2008, 11:35 AM
East London - The South African Tennis Association (SATA) have pulled off a coup by announcing that
former world number three Ivan Ljubicic has been given a wild card into the SAA Tennis Open to be played at Selborne Park in East London from February 11 to 17.

The Croat will join Swedes Thomas Johansson and Jonas Bjorkman, Austrian Stefan Koubek, as well as South Africans Wesley Moodie, Rik de Voest and Kevin Anderson at the R875,000 event.

When Ljubicic broke into the top 10 in 2005, he became only the second Croat behind Goran Ivanisevic to do so. It proved to be a watershed year for the 28-year-old as he also led Croatia to victory in the Davis Cup. In doing so he compiled an 11-1 record (7-1 in singles, 4-0 in doubles) in Davis Cup play for the year, the best record since John McEnroe went 12-0 in 1982 for the United States.

Ironically it was not until his last match of the year when he played Dominic Hrbaty in the reverse singles at the final in Bratislava, that he was beaten – in a five-set contest.

Ljubicic performed superbly during the year but he was unlucky to bump the one man he could not beat – Roger Federer. Half of his losses in the first part of the year were at the hands of the Swiss world number one.

In 2006 Ljubicic broke into the top five for the first time and on May 1 that year he reached his all-time high ranking of three behind Federer and Rafael Nadal.

He has won eight career titles and has reached 11 other finals. His best results have come at indoor tournaments where he has won five of his eight titles. The surface and the conditions ideally suit his booming serve, which has to be one of the best in the game.

In 2005 he went an amazing 81 games without losing his serve. The run was ended by Chilean Fernando Gonzalez in the quarter-finals of the Masters Series in Madrid. That year he was No. 1 in break points saved (72%), No. 2 in aces (897), No. 3 in service games won (88%) and No. 4 in second serve points won (55%).

Last year was not too good for the Croat and he dropped out of the top 10. He is currently ranked at 22 in the world. His best Grand Slam performances came at Roland Garros in 2006 where he reached the semifinals of the French Open but then lost to Nadal.

Speaking from his home in Monte Carlo, Ljubicic said he was excited to be playing in South Africa. “I had a tough year last year and although I started the year beating Andy Murray to win in Doha, won the grass court tile of Hertogenbosch and got to the finals in Zagreb, Rotterdam, I was not too happy with my final year end ranking even though I finished in the top 20 for the third consecutive season. I’m fired up for 2008 and coming to South Africa for my first visit and playing in the SAA Open in East London is the perfect start for what hopefully is going to turn out to be a fantastic year for me.”
Ian Smith, Tournament Director and CEO of SATA said that long hours of negotiations had taken place to secure Ljubicic for the event. “We were determined to bring a major star to the tournament this year. Our aim is to build the tournament each year into a bigger and better showcase and in order to do that we have to lure the world’s best players to South Africa.

“This is not an easy task and long hours are spent negotiating the right package for the top players. But the hard work has paid off and Ivan is a huge star with a respected game and his inclusion in the field will no doubt boost the event to the highest possible level” said Smith.


Very encouraging words from Ivan.Now lets see what will happen on the court.:)

Fergie
02-04-2008, 11:55 AM
Go Ivan :rocker2:

Blue Heart24
02-09-2008, 06:40 PM
Ivan plays a qualifier in R1.

Fergie
02-10-2008, 03:56 AM
Easy :p

Blue Heart24
02-12-2008, 06:37 PM
He won 6-4 4-6 6-3 :tape:

Nathaliia
02-12-2008, 07:56 PM
Ljuba said he treats East London seriously, but Mahut keeps saying this in Wrocław every year :tape:.

Fergie
02-12-2008, 07:57 PM
3 sets? :scared:

Deathless Mortal
02-12-2008, 08:46 PM
:tape: :lol:

Blue Heart24
02-12-2008, 09:33 PM
Tomorrow against Recouderc.Better win that one,Ivan :armed:

Deathless Mortal
02-13-2008, 08:44 AM
and few months ago we were cheering for him to beat players like Nalbandian, Davydenko, Johansson, Youzhny, Murray :sad:

Fergie
02-13-2008, 05:13 PM
Ivan won 6-3 7-5 :worship:

Blue Heart24
02-13-2008, 06:31 PM
and few months ago we were cheering for him to beat players like Nalbandian, Davydenko, Johansson, Youzhny, Murray :sad:

Ivan still believes he has it.Only time will tell,but I think he can still do some damage :cool: Lets wait 2008 season to finish before making some conclusions.Ivan thinks he can have a good year.

Anyway,he had a great career,and even though he didnt do that well in GS and big tournaments,I still have some great memories when being his fan.:wavey:

Nathaliia
02-13-2008, 07:08 PM
Now against De Voest. The South African is the king of TB.

Deathless Mortal
02-13-2008, 08:09 PM
Ivan still believes he has it.Only time will tell,but I think he can still do some damage :cool: Lets wait 2008 season to finish before making some conclusions.Ivan thinks he can have a good year.

Anyway,he had a great career,and even though he didnt do that well in GS and big tournaments,I still have some great memories when being his fan.:wavey:

If he still has it he wouldn't lose to Haase in a grand slam :sad:
Especially not a set 6-0 :(

Jadranka
02-14-2008, 02:11 PM
http://www.dispatch.co.za/Galleries/gallery.aspx?id=174886

Ljubo's new racket? :scratch:

Blue Heart24
02-14-2008, 04:50 PM
http://www.dispatch.co.za/Galleries/gallery.aspx?id=174886

Ljubo's new racket? :scratch:

:eek:

Jadranka
02-14-2008, 04:56 PM
:eek:

Jerry told me that.. Ljubo is testing his new racket!?

Fergie
02-15-2008, 05:10 PM
5-7 7-6 6-3 :scared:

But a win is a win :p

Deathless Mortal
02-15-2008, 07:35 PM
:lol:

Nathaliia
02-15-2008, 11:10 PM
What a match :o Ljubo :bigclap:

Blue Heart24
02-16-2008, 06:25 PM
Ivan leads ToJo 7-6 6-6 and the match is postponed for tomorrow.

Win the damn title Ivan!

Blue Heart24
02-17-2008, 10:28 AM
Ivan won 7-6 7-6 :D

Please win the final now.

RickDaStick
02-17-2008, 11:28 AM
Ivan beat Koubek 76 64 in the final. In three tiebreaks played vs Tojo and Koubek he won 21 points while only losing 6, hopefully this trend continues in Rotterdam :worship:

Blue Heart24
02-17-2008, 11:40 AM
Well done Ivan. :)

Nathaliia
02-17-2008, 11:46 AM
He brought up the good game against the good players.

Deathless Mortal
02-17-2008, 01:15 PM
Well done Ivan :yeah:

Jadranka
02-17-2008, 01:56 PM
:woohoo:

Fergie
02-17-2008, 02:18 PM
Good job Ivan :woohoo:

croat123
02-17-2008, 05:25 PM
ivan definately picked up his level in his last two matches. hopefully he can take some confidence into his match vs. berdych

Blue Heart24
02-17-2008, 09:34 PM
Some quotes from Ivan:

"The press back home are pretty rough and if I didn't win here they would say I was finished and that I should give up. So I was under a lot of pressure,"

"It is not easy to win a challenger, especially when you have to beat players like Thomas Johansson and Stefan Koubek in the last two matches. But this victory is good for my confidence and I can take a lot away from this week."


"I was putting a lot of pressure on Stefan's serve and that made me feel confident going into the tie-breaker. He is the kind of player that if you give him the openings, he will hurt you. So I knew I had to be aggressive,"

"Only one player can leave a tournament not as a loser and I when I fly out to Rotterdam tonight it is with a lot of confidence for the future. My goal for the year is to get back into the top 10 and do well in the grand slams and the Olympics."

Ljubicic said he could also be given the honour of carrying the flag into the stadium in Beijing. "That would be the peak of my career if it happens."


:yeah: