Wednesday, December 15, 2010

TTA? Looks Back #17: The 'Lube' job at Indian Wells

OK, my calendar was a little off, but here's the first entry in my look back on 2010's biggest stories!

By the time the first Masters series event of the year rolled around in March, Roger Federer had already won the Australian, and young guns like Sam Querrey, Marin Cilic and Ernests Gulbis had already won titles.

However, it was an old dog showing the youngsters some new tricks in Indian Wells as Ivan Ljubicic won the biggest title of his career, beating Andy Roddick in the final.

Now, that win against Roddick was a good one, but perhaps a little more impressively were the scalps he claimed in the 16s and semis--Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. That win against Rafa was his first since 2005; back before Nadal was Nadal.

Anyway, it was nice to see Ljubicic, who had lost a lot of finals in his career and all of the Masters Series ones he played, come through to grab a big one. The rest of the year was kinda ho-hum for him, but he'll always have Indian Wells!


Sunny nine said...

I thought the Ljubicic win at Indian Wells was great. His serve was spot on and he moved pretty well getting those backhands. I guess it was somewhat like Schiavone at the French. Once in awhile it is nice to see a deserving, long-term, dedicated player win a big one.

Ben said...

That was a pretty impressive win for Ljubicic, especially beating Nadal like that!