Ljubicic retires

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  1. axel89

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  2. jaggy

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    He had a solid career
     
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  3. axel89

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    yeah a career high of rank 3
     
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  4. Cormorant

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    He played some of his best matches ever at grand slam level in 2011, and I would've liked to see him bow out at one of the majors instead of MC. There were signs that he was finally getting to grips with grass in last year's Wimbledon, and a last hurrah there would've been pleasing if bittersweet. How this guy couldn't make more of his legendary delivery on the SW19 greensward, I'll never know.

    And I'll miss that backhand.
     
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  5. Fate Archer

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    So many memorable and entertaining players retiring lately... Gonzo a couple weeks, and now Ljubo next...

    They will be heavily missed...
     
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  6. Bobby Jr

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    Yep. Have seen many memorable plays by Ljubicic. The guy had some mad skills. To retire when ranked #40 and having finished last year at #30 is a bit of surprise. Those are respectable rankings.
     
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    "So many" It's two. who are the other players you reference to make it "so many"?
     
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  8. mtr1

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    Goodbye Ivan, we will all miss the wonderful backhand :(
     
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    in the words of darth Vader at the end of episode 3: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
     
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    My opinion is that soon, Carlos Moya is going to have some competition on the Senior Tour :)
     
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    Another OHBH bites the dust...:(
     
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  12. roundiesee

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    Sad news! :( To me one of the nicest players on the tour. He is always friendly and approachable. And what a wonderful one-handed backhand, and that monstrous serve! He will be missed.
     
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    Always felt as though his was underrated as well.

    Generally disappointed, always enjoyed watching his matches.
     
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  14. Paul Murphy

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    What a shame. One of the nice guys.
    As an earlier poster said, first Gonzo and now Ljubicic.
    Two of the best guys on the tour.
    They'll both be missed.
     
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    I thought he will play more dubs. he will be missed.
     
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    A Master retires.
     
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    Who will be the new face of the Extreme?

    Gasquet
     
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  18. axel89

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    next roddick eh?
     
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  19. shaysrebelII

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    I was in the stadium at IW almost exactly two years ago when he beat Nadal in a 3rd set tiebreak. I had wanted Nadal to win, but after seeing Ljubicic's reaction, I instantly became a fan. He was overjoyed. It was obvious that he loves tennis. It's a shame he's gotta go; tennis is losing one of the good ones.
     
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  20. monfed

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    Never liked his personality TBH(looked disinterested in his matches) , lacked the zing that I expect from a top player.
     
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  21. bluetrain4

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    Even though he could clearly beat anyone on a given day and had, by most accounts, a great career, I'm surprised he has such a poor Slam legacy - one SF, one QF, and two 4th round appearances out of all the Slams he played. I would have at least expected a few more QFs and a lot more 4th rnds. I was genuinely surprised when I looked up his career Slam performance.

    He seems to have really made his impact at the Masters level where he has a title and three other runner ups and had a lot of big wins over top players.

    I'll miss having him in the draw.
     
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  22. Hood_Man

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    At least he got that Masters victory in the end, some of those losses (especially Madrid 2005) would have been hard to look back on otherwise. He should be proud of what he's achieved :)
     
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    this is just sad

    first we got paradorn. fine.

    gonzalez!!!! so sad

    and now the great croat. what is tennis coming to

    why isnt blake or roddick retiring......geez
     
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    He retired ? Why ?
    He found Nadal's tennis too boring ?

    ;)
     
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  25. monfed

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    I think he's one of the first pros to complain about Ralph's time wasting tactics.
     
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    One of the top 5 serves of the last decade for sure.
     
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    He was one of my favorite bald headed tennis players as well...
     
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    A good pro and a nice guy.
     
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    Don't forget this is likely Tommy Haas's last season, and Clijsters too.
     
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    A prominent Dutch media source reports:

    Federer adviced Ljubicic considering retirement

    Blabla, great friend, blabla, sad he stops, good time to stop, blabla, congratulate him with fantastic career.

    I would like to know the original source
     
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  31. mctennis

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    I always liked to watch him play. Very solid player. It seems like he has been playing forever. I'll miss seeing him at the ATP event in Cinci.
     
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  32. vernonbc

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    And yet you worship Federer? The guy who looks totally bored out on the court? When he really vested in one of his matches he gives his hair two flicks instead of one.
     
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  33. monfed

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    Why do you feel Fed looks bored on court?
     
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  34. IvanisevicServe

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    Gonna be the Year of the Retirement. It's pretty obvious Blake is going to be done after this season, barring a miracle.

    I think Davydenko is on his way out.

    Nalbandian is about done, too.

    Someone else mentioned Haas.
     
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    He will be remembered as "one of those guys who always used to lose to Federer."
     
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    Ljuby's 2005 DC performance winning the cup for Croatia has to be among the all-time greatest one-year DC runs.

    Beyond his solid overall play he'll be remembered for that highlight.
     
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    Sad to see Ljuby go. It's amazing to think that only 2 years ago he was still good enough to win Indian Wells! I guess he's been struggling to keep up that form ever since.

    At his best, he was a really tough opponent to play against and was once part of the Big 3 of his era. As with many others, I guess the arrival of the superstars Federer and Nadal stopped him from making it to the very top.

    He will be missed. But I hope his intelligence and good sense will still be around for many years to come to help tennis in an advisory/ administrative capacity.

    At 33, he deserves a happy retirement but I hope it won't be a complete one!
     
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  38. li0scc0

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    So bored and disinterested he cries after tough losses? C'mon now.
     
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  39. Mainad

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    Think Davy and Nalby will stick it out for a little bit longer but the two Tommies ie. Haas, coming up 34 and no longer playing at the level he once did, and Robredo, coming up 30 and almost constantly injured, will probably be next to announce their departures!
     
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    forgot to mention too-after certain winners he will do his awesome dance lol
     
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    The highlight of his career, for me, was when he pushed Nadal at the French Open really hard in a 4 hour, 4 set semi final, that he probably would have won if not for Nadal's time wasting.

    Lubijic really was a genuine top player for a while, when he reached no. 3 in the world. Then his forehand just completely fell apart. As badly as Coria's serve, or Moya's backhand. Ruined his career.

    Nadal has always had trouble with 140mph serves, even on clay, so it foretold of his problems with Soderling and his 5 set match with Isner.
     
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    He was an awesome guy to watch, though he did have some stinkers towards the end of his career.
     
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    Dude can dance :)

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    You mean Nole ?
     
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    I respect him, but IMHO he is the most boring (top20 or so) player of the decade. Even he looks like he is bored on the court...
     
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  47. zagor

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    Sad to hear that, Ljubo had an awesome game to watch and was a straight talker in his interviews which is always a welcome change in my book.

    Glad he had that last hurray in 2010 IW, that was a really great out of nowhere performance from him years past his best.
     
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    Another 1HBH retires. It's a countdown.
     
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    :(..............................................
     
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    yes!!!!!!!!1 thank you for finding it for me
     
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