(4)I Ljubicic (CRO) vs (12)F Gonzalez (CHI)

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  1. nwr

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    As this is my first post, I'd like to say hello to everyone on this board.

    I think that Luby will win 2-1... again.

    You know, lots of people recognize him as a allcourter with strong serve (which he is), and consequently, as a guy who's not so strong on clay as indoors or hardcourts. But, like Goran and Mario, he grew up on claycourts, and in one of his interviews during DC vs Austria said that clay is his best surface.

    I'm looking forward to Ljubicic vs Federer semis. Revenge... ;)

    P.S. Wtf? He is 4th seed, 5th on entry, 2nd on race list, and there's no post-match interviews on MC masters web page and no news about Ljubicic's matches.
     
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  2. vive le beau jeu !

    vive le beau jeu ! G.O.A.T.

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    welcome here :)

    interesting match indeed : ljubicic seems to have made a good transition from hard court to clay, and gonzalez seemed to play good against moya in the 1st round.
    i expect a close match... but i don't manage to give a winner !
     
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  3. mislav

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    Welcome to the board.

    I expect Ljubo to win as well. Go Ljubo! :D
     
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  4. croatian sensation

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    Ah finally the number of Croatians has grown up to the mighty 4 :) (or 3 active..). Welcome!

    From the beginning this draw was a great chance for Ljubo to do well in a claycourt tourney. So far he has done well. Gonzalez is the only real claycourter he'll bump into. But he can win, but probably not in straight sets.

    Although, let's be real...in semis Ljubo hasn't got a chance on Fed like he does on hard/indoors. Fed is a better claycourter than Ljubicic.
     
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  5. Andres

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    I have to go with Gonzalez in straights, more like 7-5; 6-4.
     
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  6. Volly master

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    hes seeded 4th because roddick isnt there.

    yeahh gonzo will give him a tough match like he always does to anyone on clay.
     
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  7. oscar_2424

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    i think gonzales will win in 3 sets
     
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  8. psp2

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    gonzales in 3.

    just heard that ivan's ranking will rise to #4 next week. bad news for roddick.
     
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  9. mislav

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    Well, it's not that Ivan hasn't earned it.

    Go Ljubo!
     
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  10. nwr

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    Ljubo breaks, and then barely holds. His 1st serve % is awfull till now.

    4-1, and bp for 5-1...

    Gotta love those commentators on sport+direct... "Luby-chick"
     
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  11. mislav

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    1st serve at 41% - disastrous. It's like Coria is back on the court again. Come on, Luby-chick!
     
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  12. ACE of Hearts

    ACE of Hearts G.O.A.T.

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    U better serve well, especially on clay.What happened, was their an injury timeout?
     
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  13. ACE of Hearts

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    Luba-ditch in trouble, Gonzalez up 6-5 and serving for th first set.Luby is serving 40 percent, u aint gonna win matches like that,
     
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  14. Tchocky

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    I think Gonzo will win in straight sets. He is the favorite. Gonzo (-111) vs. Ivan (+161).
     
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  15. mislav

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    Oh man, the first set is lost. :(

    He really needs to do something about his serve asap!
     
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  16. ACE of Hearts

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    The first set took 1 hour and 8 minutes.
     
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  17. edberg505

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    That injury looks pretty bad. Looks like someone hit him on the toe with a sledge hammer.
     
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  18. nwr

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    Maybe he should lube it :p

    No, seriously, it's obvious something is bothering him... Maybe the sun, or his toe, which is the reason for injury time-out...

    Man... first time I predict something here, and it looks like I'll be wrong. :)
     
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  19. mislav

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    What toe injury is that? I didn't know he was injured.

    I'm following this match on livescores.
     
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  20. ACE of Hearts

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    Gonzalez beats Luby, 7-5, 6-1, Roger vs Fernando, they met last year in the round of 16, Fed won but it took 3 sets.
     
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  21. Shabazza

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    Ivan's toe injury at the end of the first set really effected his play, good effort for staying on court till the end and not quitting!
     
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  22. mislav

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    What just happened? It's obvious something did. You don't lead 4:1 in the first only to lose 5:7 1:6!? What injury? :confused:
     
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  23. Andres

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    The plant of Ivan's foot, mislav :(
     
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  24. mislav

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    Oh, thanks Shabazza, I was in the dark here and really puzzled.

    EDIT: And thanks, Andres... just got your reply too.

    Too bad for the injury, hope it's nothing serious.
     
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  25. croatian sensation

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    Damn! All of my fav players played today and they all lost :-(

    Really bad luck for Ljubicic..he had a great draw. But QF is also very good. I'm sure it will be good for his confidence on clay.
     
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  26. Andres

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    Are this QF points enough to move to #4?
    If so: :mrgreen: :D :D
     
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  27. vive le beau jeu !

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    i think #3 is also not so far, maybe next week ?...
    (nalbandian won in munich last year)
     
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  28. Shabazza

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    Ivan is 135 points behind Nalby....
     
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