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Old 03-31-2006, 02:32 PM   #28
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Ljubicic quitting Cup captaincy
From correspondents in Miami
March 30, 2006

CROATIA's Davis Cup quarter-final with Argentina next week will be Ivan Ljubicic's last as temporary captain.

"It is a lot of work, I have to say," the sixth seed said after reaching the semi-finals of the Nasdaq-100 Open here today (AEDT).

"I just announced that this next match is gonna be my last as a captain. The problem is all the work with the media about the match, especially now when it's coming closer, all the talks with the federation representing the players, representing everyone.

"It's not easy, definitely. On a consistent basis, it's little bit too hard," he added after his 7-6 6-4 win over Argentia's Agustin Calleri.

The quarter-final will be played in Zagreb on April 7-9.

Ljubicic, 27, who has won two titles in 2006, said the position of responsibility while still an active player makes for a difficult relationship with friend and doubles partner Mario Ancic.

"One thing is (to) talk with Mario as a partner, but (it is another) to talk with him as a captain. With him, it's always I want to have a good relationship because we always play doubles together, we always do a lot of things together.

"I prefer that relationship to be healthy instead of making some mistakes as a captain." "We all hope that Goran is gonna change his mind and gonna take the team. If that doesn't happen, then, we're gonna have another captain.


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"He's not changing his mind at the moment. But he might, you just never know with him."
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