Anyone think Ljubicic should be in the Wimbledon Final this year?

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  1. Moose Malloy

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    Providing he's on the opposite side of the draw from Federer. Very impressive serving yesterday, it reminded me of a typical 90s match. He clearly studied Goran's serve.
    If he was close to unbreakable on the slow court of Miami, he should be even more dangerous on grass. Not many guys are very good on grass nowadays. Hewitt & Roddick are on the decline. This could be a breakthrough tournament for him. I noticed he's had poor results at Wimbledon in the past(even though he was seeded last 2 years) Rafter, Sampras, Krajicek struggled their early years at W. I think mentally, it's tough for some players to adjust to grass initially.
    He'll probably win very few matches over the claycourt season, so his confidence won't be high going in to Wimbledon. Hopefully, he'll realize what a great opportunity is there for him.
     
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  2. WayneCM

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    not 2 sure, his serve was great in this tournament and can b great but he lacks the consistency needed to take full advantage, i would like 2 see him get a good run at wimbledon...
     
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  3. Andres

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    For any particular reason, he doesn't like grass. Too bad, since his game suits perfectly for it... :(
     
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  4. simi

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    If he keeps his head screwed on right, he has as good a chance as anybody. I can easily see him in the semi's, at least the quarter's (depending on the draw).
     
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  5. jjames

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    sure, as long as fedex is on the other side of the draw. he's as good as any to be feds next victim.
     
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  6. sexmachine

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    he should do well but then again wimbledon is always full of surprises
     
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  7. Max G.

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    He's never done well on grass. There's more to grass than the serve, and his return and groundstrokes don't do too well on grass, apparently.
     
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  8. jamumafa

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    .........yes
     
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  9. monologuist

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    His return game is way too weak to get to the finals at Wimbledon, IMO....plus he has not shown the mental toughness to make it to a GS final...Master's Series yes, but I believe AO Quarters is his best GS showing thus far.

    To me, he's not gonna be able to take it to the next level until his forehand improves too...that thing has got to be one of the worst forehands in men's tennis...he seems to have no control over it unless he pushes it, and when he does, other guys eat it up.
     
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  10. slice bh compliment

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    Ljubo will get to the 2nd week at Wimbledon.

    In theory, he should do well on grass. In theory.
    But his groundstrokes are pretty long. Will he have time to set up like he does on a hardcourt? Can he get good at taking a more compact swing?
     
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  11. samster

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    Luby's backhand was very inconsistent during yesterday's match. He will need to work on that to go far at Wimbledon. Regardless, I was impressed he didn't give up and collapse like others who faced Federer.
     
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  12. VamosRafa

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    You have to wonder if he'll always be a bridesmaid and never the bride. He certainly is looking that way at the moment.
     
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  13. mislav

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    Good thinking. Truly, Wimbledon this year might be a turning point in the way he perceives the grass courts. Then again, he also might lose early.

    I guess, none of us can really tell for sure what will happen, but you did make a very good point.

    And you might be right on his serve. Goran often gives some advice and pointers to Ljubo. He said how he repeatedly tried to motivate Ljubo to play more aggressively and approach the net more often. It was really funny when he once said: "No matter how much we lose nerves sometimes watching him play, staying behind, we simply have to accept that this is his style." So true. :)
     
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  14. tlm

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    Why so we can watch him choke again like yesterday.
     
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  15. alienhamster

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    His serve alone could get him into tiebreaks, but . . .

    (1) He doesn't play tiebreaks well.

    (2) His strokes are too long for typical grass court play. (Someone already mentioned this.)

    (3) Grass is also about low, awkward bounces--he seems to play better on higher bouncing surfaces.

    But he does have decent "carpet" results . . . .
     
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  16. tennisadict

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    maybeeeeeeeeeee
     
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  17. skip1969

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    there are no dominant, grass-court players anymore, so i suppose he's got just as good a chance as anybody. wimbledon is pretty much a crap shoot.
     
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  18. mislav

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    LOL! God save the queen's eyes from reading what you just posted here.

    And I might add - I always liked Roland Garros better. I'm so desperately in love with clay courts. ;)
     
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  19. arosen

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    If Nalby can make it at Wimby, why not Ivan? At least Ivan can hit heckuva serve.
     
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  20. VamosRafa

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    But Ivan is pretty much now at the same level he was at this time last year, going on to clay.

    And we didnt' hear a peep out of him for quite some time. I think it was basically the fall.

    And a glance at his results last year confirms that.

    http://www.atptennis.com/en/players...?year=2005&query=Singles&player=L360&x=11&y=6

    Lost first round at Wimbly, and to Gasquet at the US Open.

    So he doesn't have a lot of points to defend in coming months, which is in his favor.
     
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  21. croatian sensation

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    I'm surprised nobody mentioned his avoiding of the net and not so good volleying. With that serve of his, on grass he should be volleying more...that's what got Ancic in the semis in 2004.

    I think he has a chance of making it into the QF at least...if he's right in his head. But anyway, my hopes on grass lay in Ancic.
     
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  22. WayneCM

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    a good point without the volley game as well as the long swing he will most likely struggle but with a nice draw he can gain sum points, but the clay court season effects his confidense and it takes sum time to rebuild....
     
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