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Ivan Ljubicic will hang up his racket next month and Roger Federer believes the game has lost a considerable talent who has had a "wonderful career".

Ljubicic broke onto the tennis scene in 1998 and reached number three in the world rankings in May 2006. He is currently 39th in the world and will retire after next month's Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.

The Croatian has won 10 singles titles in his career, including the Indian Wells Masters in 2010, his most impressive victory to date. However, in the Grand Slams, his record is poor. A quarter-final appearance at the 2006 Australian Open and a semi-final bow at Roland Garros in the same year have been his best achievements. Fans of will know he never hit any real heights, but he was a solid player.

Ljubicic is of the same generation as Pete Sampras and is noted for his height and powerful serve. His play is predominantly from the baseline although he has little fear of approaching the net if it is to his advantage. However, he has struggled against the rise of the more technical player as he is a rather weak returner of the ball. This has resulted in many of his sets going to tie-breaks and thus he has struggled to adapt to the changing nature of men's tennis and those who bet with Stan James will have noticed his game slide.

Despite this, his triumph at Indian Wells in 2010 - as well as in the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon the previous November - suggests that he always was a dangerous player who was a considerable threat and gives weight to the opinion that perhaps the 32-year-old is retiring too soon.

But then Ljubicic's legacy is likely to be off-court rather than on it. He has sat on the ATP Player Council for six years and Federer believes he has a future in the game's administration if he wishes to take it.

Speaking about his retirement, the Swiss star told the ATP World Tour's official website: "He's been very beneficial to the game of tennis, not just on the court but off the court because he's been part of the political system here.
"He has a great future ahead in tennis or whatever he wants to do, because he's a bright man and he's a great person."

Ljubicic himself admits he wants to contribute to tennis in some way so even though the sport is losing one of its brightest stars of modern times, perhaps it will actually be the beneficiary in the long run.
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