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Indian Wells: Are You Five Years Ago?

Posted by gauloises1 on March 22, 2010

This is what happens when you don’t blog for a few days.

Ivan Ljubicic, your Indian Wells champion 2010.

I didn’t have him in my bracket. He didn’t have him in his bracket. But you can’t argue with the trophy. After being the first to successfully capitalise on Novak Djokovic’s erratic form, Ljubicic then beat Pico before upsetting Nadal – who looked to me like the champion from his first match onwards – 36 64 76(1). I was watching the Six Nations (it happens once a year, OK) and only saw the third set tiebreak, but if that was representative of the match then that was not just a huge but a well-deserved victory for Ljubicic, who was 1 for 5 against Nadal before Saturday. Backing it up in two tiebreak sets against Andy Roddick to take his first ever Masters title at the age of 31 is just … remarkable.

I suppose with the benefit of hindsight you can say that the stage was set for an upset, what with the Big Four (are they still that?) having played either too much tennis or not enough or, in the case of Andy Murray, mainly just being terrible. But even if you thought someone was going to take their first Masters title, you wouldn’t have thought it would have been Ljubicic, would you? Be honest. The cranium knows when you’re lying.

I’m not, incidentally, going to point out that if a WTA player seeded just inside the top 20 had won on the women’s side, there would have been all sorts of stories about the weakness of the top ladies. I’m going to think it a lot, but I’m not going to point it out.

What depth!

Anyway, huge congratulations to Ljubicic, the latest and perhaps the greatest to enjoy a late-career renaissance on the big stage. And the 2010 Indian Wells champion. I’m just going to keep saying that until it sinks in.

Incidentally, there was some consolation for Nadal, who won the doubles with his partner Marc Lopez.

So well done there.

8 Responses to “Indian Wells: Are You Five Years Ago?”

  1. lauren said

    I confess I’m ridiculously pleased for Ljubi. Stunned that the tournament unfolded the way it did, but really chuffed for Ljubi.

  2. linz said

    I missed you.

    I still have no clue what to think about IW- A Masters Series Final- YAY!!! A cupcake draw and a loss to Ljubicic in a final? WTF?

    *sigh* whatever tennis, whatever.

    I hope Ljubicic buys a hat with his winners check. We would all benefit.

  3. Master Ace said

    If a player seeded 20 in the WTA would have won IW, comment would be that the WTA is weak but I have seen no complaints on the ATP field being weak.

    Overall, congratulations to Ivan for getting his first Masters Shield.

  4. AmyLu said

    I would just like to share that Rafa’s semifinals loss really shattered any hopes/illusions I had for the near future in terms of his play. I honestly do not believe he can win a match in the latter-stages of a tournament unless his opponents helps because in between Doha and Indian Wells, he showed he’s completely incapable of closing out a match.

    I don’t want to take anything away from Ivan, who had a stellar week and certainly played well in the second and especially the third sets of the semi, but in my opinion, the Rafa of old would have won that match in two sets. He completely dominated the first set (it was a complete mismatch from the baseline), and he should have broken in the beginning stages of the second set. He had three break points, missed a backhand passing shot he makes nine times out of ten and tightened on a second serve return to his forehand to lose two of those breakpoints (if I remember correctly, this match unfolded like a nightmare to me so I very well could be wrong). Ivan then started serving beautifully, and unlike Rafa, he rose to the occasion when it counted. Rafa, on the other hand, ran away from the occasion. I am taking a hiatus from his singles matches in Miami as I really can’t handle watching him at the moment.

    But, I am very happy for Ivan that he won the tournament. I think it’s a well-deserved victory for not only his week, but his career, as I think it’s only fitting that he includes a Master’s Series champion on his list of accomplishments.

    • naughty T....urbane gentleman said

      wow Lopez is like an ugly Baghdatis. That is really something.

      • naughty T....urbane gentleman said

        hmmm don’t know why that is a reply to AmyLu.. coz it is not…
        sorry by the way about Raffah. I won’t give you my thoughts coz they won’t help at all.

      • AmyLu said

        Well, whether it was meant as a reply or not, it made me laugh so thanks for that. 🙂

        I actually found him very endearing to watch play, as he kind of seemed like the kid brother who’s tagging along until someone takes pity and lets him play.

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