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Old 10-02-2005, 08:24 PM   #16
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I've translated an interview Ivan gave to French Tennis Magazine during Berçy. You can find it here: http://www.menstennisforums.com/show...34#post2708834
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Sorry if this has been posted before but Ivan has a blog on ATP site for Chennai:

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now Ivan would have more friends than before via his blog

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Top seed Ljubicic wins second season title at Zagreb Indoors

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic defeated Austrian qualifier Stefan Koubek 6-3, 6-4 Sunday to win his second title of the year at the Zagreb Indoors.

The No. 5-ranked Ljubicic improved to 14-1 this season, winning his fifth career title. He reached the quarterfinals in the Australian Open and won last month in Chennai, India.

"The year has started brilliantly for me, it is unbelievable," Ljubicic said. "Everybody expected me to go all the way here at home and it was tough, so this is phenomenal."

Ljubicic led Croatia to its first Davis Cup title last year.

"Everybody thought 2005 was the year of my dreams, especially considering the Davis Cup triumph, but it looks like this year could be even better," he said.

Ljubicic's first break came in the seventh game of the first set. His next came in the second game of the following set with a delicate slice that Koubek failed to get back.

Koubek, who needed to play three extra games to qualify for the main draw, beat Ljubicic in their last two meetings. This time, he could not find an answer for the power and precision of his opponent.

Koubek had previously won an ATP tournament as a qualifier in Atlanta in 1999.

The match was a preview to next week's Davis Cup match between Croatia and Austria in Graz, Austria.

"It will be a totally different affair in Austria," Ljubicic said. "There will be a different crowd, different conditions, not easy at all. But I hope everything will be OK."
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Thanks Laura!

He is right,Austria will be different from Croatia!He was the hero and won it in 05, I don't mind if he loses this,before the event between Santoro and asshole captain I cheered for France so much,but now I want Croatia and Chile to win much more,that team France is a disaster right now!
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Ivan Ljubicic's long journey from refugee to tennis stardom: "You simply have to carry on"


ZAGREB, 9 Feb (UNHCR) – It's been a long road from the status of a refugee to joining the elite of the tennis world. But in December, more than 13 years after fleeing the violence of disintegrating Yugoslavia, Ivan Ljubicic led the team in his new home of Croatia to victory in the Davis Cup, the international team tennis championship.

The 26-year-old Ljubicic, currently ranked fifth in the world, had a remarkable 2005. Apart from securing the Davis Cup for his young nation of only 4.5 million people, Ljubicic crowned his individual season by participating in the Masters Cup that grouped the world's best eight players. But it's his history as a refugee makes him unique among the stars of tennis.

"It wasn't easy during all those years in my childhood."' he told the UN refugee agency. " I guess it'll have effect on me for the rest of my live. I didn't have many choices when deciding what I wanted to do in life. My refugee experience had taught me that you simply have to carry on."

Ljubicic was born on March 19, 1979 in Banja Luka in what was then Yugoslavia. Inspired by the performances of his idol, former Swedish tennis star Stefan Edberg, Ivan began to practice at the age of nine. By 12 he won his first junior tournament. But the start of Ljubicic's rise coincided with the beginning of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, a federation of republics with various ethnic groups and religions.

In 1992 war hit the republic where he lived, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnian Serb forces, backed by the Yugoslav army and paramilitary forces, began "ethnic cleansing" of the republic's other constituent peoples, Moslems (Bosniaks) and Croats. The Ljubicic family decided to leave. With his father Marko not allowed to go, 13-year-old Ivan, his mother and his three-year-older brother Vladan found themselves alone.

"The bus drove only women and children to the airport, where we took the plane for Belgrade," Ljubicic said. "My mum cried knowing that we were leaving for good. The trip to the airport was depressing with several stops on the checkpoints. The airplane landed in Belgrade around 10 a.m. We had to wait on the bus station the whole day waiting for another bus.

"My brother and I did what our father told us and stayed by our mother the whole time. Finally, at midnight, we departed for Slovenia, through Hungary. But, as the bus couldn't enter Slovenia because of the Yugoslav license plates, we crossed the border on foot, entered a second bus and drove towards Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

"We stayed there for a week until accommodation was arranged for us in the Adriatic town of Rijeka, in Croatia. After staying in Rijeka for a month, we finally ended up in the town of Opatija, in a hotel, which had been adapted to accommodate many other refugees who found shelter there. I didn't complain; I was only missing my dad," Ljubicic said.

After six months of separation, with little news of Marko, the family was finally reunited in November 1992 and settled in Rijeka.

"Being a kid at that time, I don't have particularly negative memories, or traumas, when I think of those days," Ljubicic said. But I know that it was very hard for my parents, to start from nothing – the mere fact that all their lives they were trying to build something, and then, over night, had to abandon everything. Those are moments in life when you have to find all the strength that is in you, to start completely from scratch. I know that it sounds simple, but the less you think about the past, the easier it is to face the future. "

Still, one can't forget the past entirely: "I am surprised at how often I dream of Banja Luka, our house there, my school, my friends."

In April 1993, Ljubicic and seven other talented refugee tennis players from Bosnia and Herzegovina were invited to study tennis in Italy. He spent almost three years there. In 1995, he won the Croatian championship for players under 16 years of age and in 1996 Ljubicic reached the finals of the junior Wimbledon. But it took "Ljubo", as he is known in Croatia, almost 10 more years of victories and defeats to become a star.

Ljubicic says he cannot understand the ignorance and negative stereotypes facing refugees.

"The biggest problem is the way mass media presents refugees, showing them mostly as convoys of people without anything, because it is their interest to show only misery and plight. And this creates fear of them, because they have nothing," he said. "But, refugees are also educated people, people who, like everybody else, want to make something of their lives.

"My life taught me never to judge people by their looks, or where they come from, but to try to see only the best in every person."
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"My life taught me never to judge people by their looks, or where they come from, but to try to see only the best in every person."
Hope you don't mind when I say it again,I'm so emotional when I saw this sentence. I really like this attitude esp not many people can do that.Ivan has this thought mainly because of his hard life in youth,like he said,when things go bad,"You simply have to carry on"!


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March 16, 2006


R. FEDERER/I. Ljubicic

6-2, 6-3

An interview with:

IVAN LJUBICIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Ivan.

Q. How do you look at this match? One-sided? Do you think you didn't play up to your potential?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I was thinking what to say really on the way here. But it's really hard for me because definitely I'm sure it looked different from my point of view and from your point of view because I was in there. My feeling is I probably tried too hard, went over, tried a little bit probably more than I'm doing every day, and that's never good. I think also he played quite well and he was the one who was pushing me over the limits.
When it's like that, it's very difficult to make a statement out there, to make a decent match.

Q. If you had to identify two things that make him different from all other players, what would you say?
IVAN LJUBICIC: There are not two; there are many. But return and movement.

Q. Is it one of the best matches he's played against you?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I mean, you have to ask him. I would really like to hear what he's going to say about the match because my feeling definitely that it is.
But, as I said, it's my point of view. I don't know what people outside saw, what his feeling is. But I didn't felt like he gave me many chances today out there.

Q. You had a high serve percentage in the second set, not too well on second serves. Did you think about taking more chances?
IVAN LJUBICIC: Actually in the second set I tried to slow down the game a bit. In the first set I tried really to play fast game, and obviously that suits his game perfectly. But I thought maybe that's the only chance I can trouble him a little bit.
But it was not the case. I stayed back a little bit on returns and tried to make a little more rallies instead of just ripping the ball. I mean, of course didn't work that either.

Q. On your serves, going for more.
IVAN LJUBICIC: No, I can't really go much more on the serve, especially from that side where you have the sun in your eyes, it's really difficult with the ball toss. It's not about the serve. I mean, you can't win a match only with the serve, especially not against Roger.
I think his percentage was very high. I didn't see the numbers, but he didn't give me really many second serves that I could maybe step in and try to lead the rally. But he knows me very well. I guess he did that on purpose.

Q. I think it could be said you conquered the world last year when you led Croatia to the championship of the Davis Cup, but you can't beat Federer. Is he that much apart in men's tennis?
IVAN LJUBICIC: For me, he definitely is. I don't know for the others, but for me. I really consider myself top 5 player in the world, which it doesn't mean that I am close to Roger. I think he's really much better than I am, and then probably anyone else. The only player who can give him some trouble at the moment, it's Rafael Nadal. But I think just because he's lefty, nothing else.
But we'll see. I mean, when he's on top of his game, there's no one out there who can give him any trouble. It depends mainly on him.

Q. Last year it seemed like you were right there in this tournament. Did that encourage you today, "I almost did it last year"?
IVAN LJUBICIC: Actually, I watched that match on tape just before coming here. But it was different conditions because was night session. There was no sun. So for my serve, it's much better if it's night session and if conditions are perfect. Like indoors, also, in Shanghai, we played great match, 7-6 in the third. In Rotterdam, 7-6 in the third. So for me it's much better if we play in steady conditions instead of a little wind out there and sunshine. So it was definitely different match.
But I think he definitely played better today than he played last year.

Q. Did you just watch that tape or other tapes?
IVAN LJUBICIC: No, just that, because I had only one tape in my home. Accidentally it was that one. It was two weeks ago in Monte-Carlo. I watched with my coach. Because I thought that match was really good, one of the best matches I played last year. We saw a couple things that maybe I could improve. But not because I wanted to beat Roger or anything against him, but just to try to realize what I can improve in my game or what things are different now than they were a year ago.

Q. Croatia is still in the Davis Cup this time.
IVAN LJUBICIC: Yes.

Q. Are you confident you can win it again?
IVAN LJUBICIC: Why not? We won it last year. I don't see why we can't do it again. We are a young team, nothing really changed since last year, not many things. We have now Argentina at home. I think also you can say that we can win that one, and then we'll see.
Semis would be potential Australia or Belarus, which is again open match. You know, who knows. Why not? We really know how strong we are. We have definitely strong doubles and great two singles. Why not?
Of course, we have to stay healthy. We have to be top fit because then our bench, it's not very long. So far was going okay. I don't see why we shouldn't continue our winning streak.


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Captain's duties weigh down Ljubicic

MIAMI, March 29 (Reuters) - Croatia's Davis Cup quarter-final against Argentina next weekend will be Ivan Ljubicic's last as temporary captain.

"It is a lot of work, I have to say," the sixth seed told reporters after reaching the semi-finals of Miami's Nasdaq-100 Open on Wednesday.

"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 Argentine Agustin Calleri.

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

Twenty-seven-year-old Ljubicic, 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."

Ljubicic said that he speaks to Goran Ivanisevic on a daily basis, with the Croatian tennis hero still undecided about taking over the captaincy despite popular demand.

"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.

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

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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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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- If only tennis worked on strictly mathematical principles.


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Ivan Ljubicic is off to his best start as a pro at 25-3.
Ivan Ljubicic crushed David Nalbandian in Friday's Nasdaq-100 Open semifinal. Nalbandian is one of only a few players to beat Roger Federer in the last year, thwarting the near-untouchable world No. 1 in the 2005 ATP season-ending championships. Ergo, Ljubicic should beat Federer in Sunday's final, or at least give him a hard time, right?

The lanky Croatian is savvy enough to know it's not that simple for him or anyone else on the men's tour these days.

"That's one thing we all have in common," the 6th-ranked Ljubicic said Friday after securing his place in Sunday's Nasdaq-100 final against Federer with a 6-1, 6-2 mauling of No. 3 Nalbandian that ended with a 141-mph dagger of an ace. "We play tennis and then we play against Roger and we lose. Everyone feels the same except Roger."

The candid, personable Ljubicic, who is playing the best tennis of his career at age 27, drew laughter from reporters. But while Ljubicic knows it may be futile to try to throw Federer off course, he's bent on sticking to his own compass readings.

Ljubicic is 3-9 against Federer lifetime and has not beaten him since 2003, though he has forced him to at least one tiebreak in four of their last five matches. His last loss came in straight sets in the quarterfinals at Indian Wells earlier this month.

"I was trying a little bit too hard," Ljubicic said. "I went for some shots that I'm usually not going for. I found myself a little bit uncomfortable in some areas. If he's better, he's better, which he's probably gonna be. But I just want to keep my game plan and not go left-to-right, not go for too much.

"Every time when I have to play against him, it's like, 'Okay, maybe this is the one.' But it's never happening. A couple times I was very close. I really hope to be at least close on Sunday."

Federer, who dismissed No. 11 David Ferrer of Spain 6-1, 6-4 in the other semifinal, said he expects to be tested Sunday.

"I played a fantastic match in Indian Wells to dominate him," Federer said. "So if I could do the same, that would be great."

Ljubicic has become increasingly adept at melding athleticism and technique in a potent combination similar to Federer's, although Federer drew some distinctions.

“ That's one thing we all have in common ... We play tennis and then we play against Roger and we lose. Everyone feels the same except Roger. ”
— Ivan Ljubicic
"We both obviously have one-handed backhands, so we use our slices very much," Federer said. "We both play from the baseline. But again, I have to rely on more speed, I think court speed, where he has maybe more of the serve."

Ljubicic's 25-3 match record this season is second-best only to Federer's 27-1, and he will climb at least one rung in the rankings to No. 5 next week, equaling his career best. Beating Federer Sunday would put him at No. 4.

His success thus far in 2006 continues the momentum Ljubicic established last year when he was one of the most improved players on the men's tour. He won 20 more matches than he had the year before and led Croatia to the Davis Cup championship, winning 11 of 12 singles and doubles matches for the best record since John McEnroe in 1982.

"Even Roger Federer never won Davis Cup, so it's really something special, something that gives you confidence when you go out there and you look at the other opponent and you feel like you have something more than the other guys do," Ljubicic said.

He also won a silver medal in doubles at the 2004 Olympic Games, an accomplishment he describes as pivotal.

Ljubicic has added ATP titles in Croatia and India so far this season to bring his career total to five. Yet, he hasn't fared particularly well in Grand Slam events and reached a quarterfinal for the first time in this year's Australian Open, losing to eventual finalist Marcos Baghdatis.

After defeating Nalbandian Friday, Ljubicic said his chief goal this season is to reach the ATP year-end championships in Shanghai again. He was eliminated in his first trip there last year by back-to-back losses to Federer -- though he pushed him to a third-set tiebreak -- and eventual winner Nalbandian.

Ljubicic was born in Bosnia but fled to a refugee camp in Croatia at age 13 during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Several months later, he and other children affected by the war were invited to a special camp in northern Italy, where he developed his tennis skills.

His on-court style may resemble Federer's, but off the court, Ljubicic is more like his mentor and fellow Croat Goran Ivanisevic -- plain-spoken and unafraid to voice strong opinions, debunk hyperbole or crack wise.

He told a roomful of reporters at the 2003 U.S. Open that Andy Roddick was widely disliked for his showmanship during matches -- a statement that prompted a wee-hours phone call from Roddick.

Last year, Ljubicic was asked whether getting married in 2004 had settled him and helped boost his play. Other athletes might have gone with the cliché answer, but not Ljubicic. "I cannot say it's a big deal actually, because me and my wife, we stay together for more than eight years before getting married," he said.

On another occasion a reporter asked Ljubicic why Croatia seemed to produce so many good athletes. "It's not like there is a lot to do in Croatia," he said. "You have to play something."

At last year's Nasdaq-100, the joke was on Ljubicic when he opened his locker one morning and found French prankster Michael Llodra crammed inside, stark naked. There have been no such surprises this year. "It definitely keeps you more focused," Ljubicic said
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