Ivan Ljubičić

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Ivan Ljubičić
Ivan Ljubičić Umag 2008 (5).JPG
Country  Croatia
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1979-03-19) 19 March 1979 (age 35)
Banja Luka, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 1998
Retired 15 April 2012
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $10,169,964
Singles
Career record 429–296 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 3 (1 May 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (2006)
French Open SF (2006)
Wimbledon 3R (2006, 2007, 2011)
US Open 3R (2005, 2007)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (2005, 2006)
Olympic Games 3R (2000, 2004)
Doubles
Career record 111–128 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 70 (May 16, 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2010)
French Open 3R (2004, 2006)
Wimbledon 1R (2005, 2006, 2007)
US Open QF (2003, 2009)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Bronze medal.svg Bronze Medal (2004)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (2005)
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Croatia
Men's Tennis
Bronze 2004 Athens Doubles

Ivan Ljubičić (pronounced [ǐv̞an ʎûbitʃitɕ]; born 19 March 1979) is a retired Croatian tennis player. His career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 3.[1]

He achieved his best results in indoor tournaments played on carpet or hardcourt. Mostly a baseliner, he approached the net selectively (Ljubičić was a good volleyer and plays doubles occasionally). On his backhand, he used a slice or a drop-shot to great effect to draw a player or put him out of position. Ljubičić used the Head Youtek Extreme Pro Racquet, after using the Babolat Pure Drive for most of his professional career.[citation needed]

Ljubičić served as the ATP Players' Council president and in 2008 became one of the few active players to serve on the ATP Board of Directors.[2]

Ljubičić and Mario Ančić are only the third doubles team ever to defeat Bob and Mike Bryan in Davis Cup history, the other teams being France's Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra, Brazil's Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares and Serbia's Nenad Zimonjić and Ilija Bozoljac. Ljubičić helped Croatia win the 2005 Davis Cup, where they triumphed over the Slovakian Davis Cup team in the final.[citation needed]

Early years[edit]

Ljubičić was born in Banja Luka, at the time SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia to a Bosnian Croat father, Marko, and a Bosniak mother, Hazira. He started playing tennis as a child in 1988, and he soon won his first local awards as a junior. In May 1992, because of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the family left Banja Luka, and Ivan, his mother and his brother moved to Opatija, Croatia, while his father was unable to leave. In November 1992, they were reunited and moved to Rijeka. Soon after, in April 1993, Ljubičić went to a tennis club in Moncalieri near Torino, Italy. During the next three years, Ljubičić grew into a promising prospect. He decided to play for Croatia and in 1995 won his first junior championship, becoming the Croatian under-16 champion. The same year, he won his first ATP points and played for the Croatian team in the Winter Cup (European under-16 indoors championship). Pairing up with Željko Krajan, he won the Orange Bowl (the unofficial world under-16 championship).[citation needed]

In 1996, the family moved to Zagreb, while Ivan continued his successes. He joined the tennis club Mladost and played in more and more junior ITF tournaments. His biggest success as a junior was the final at Wimbledon, where he was defeated by Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus. He played in the Australian Open junior semifinal in 1997 and won the Eddie Harre tournament, which made him the No. 2 junior in the world. In early 1997, he started training with the Italian professional coach Riccardo Piatti. His successes continued: quarterfinals of the junior French Open, and entering professional tennis. After a lot of success, Ivan bought a Porsche GT which is, according to Ljubičić "His craziest ever buy". Soon after that, in 2004, Ivan married his wife Aida, who is always with him at ATP tournaments. They have two children.[3][4]

Junior Slam results:

Australian Open: SF (1997)
French Open: QF (1997)
Wimbledon: F (1996)
US Open: 3R (1996)

Pro tour[edit]

1998–2003[edit]

Ljubičić entered professional tennis in 1998 and played in the final of the ATP Challenger in Zagreb, where he lost to Alberto Berasategui. He played a number of smaller tournaments the same year, but had little success and finished the year as No. 293. In 1999, his luck turned, and he won two Futures tournaments, as well as a Challenger in Besançon, France. He won two more victories in the qualifications for the Casablanca Tour event, where he was defeated by Juan Carlos Ferrero. He then entered the Super 9 tournament in Monte Carlo (today's Monte Carlo Masters), where he reached the third round after an amazing run in which he defeated Andrei Medvedev and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. He also played in the Croatia Open in Umag, where he was eliminated only in the semifinal by Magnus Norman. He finished the year ranked World No. 77.[citation needed]

In 2000, Ljubičić played two semifinals, in Sydney and in Båstad, and three quarterfinals (Marseille, Copenhagen, and Brighton). He also played in the third round of the Olympic tournament.

He won his first ATP singles title at Lyon in 2001, after defeating Gustavo Kuerten, Gastón Gaudio, Marat Safin, and Younes El Aynaoui. At that point he reached no. 29 in the professional rankings and continued to play well, participating in seven ATP Tour semifinals: Adelaide, Rotterdam, Miami, St. Polten, Gstaad, Umag, Cincinnati. He finished the year 2001 as No. 37.

In 2002, he was in two semifinals (Rotterdam and Gstaad) and four quarterfinals (Adelaide, Dubai, Umag, and Tashkent) on the ATP Tour, and it the first time he passed the first round at a Grand Slam, when he reached the third round of the Australian Open, where he was stopped by Wayne Ferreira in five sets. He ended the year as No. 49, and also No. 2 in the number of aces, behind Wayne Arthurs.[citation needed]

In 2003, he reached the semifinals of Milan, Dubai, Bangkok, and Basel, and also the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters and the quarterfinals in the Rome Masters. He lost in the second round in the U.S Open to Andy Roddick, who would then go on to become the champion that year. The score was 3–6, 7–6, 3–6, 6–7.

2004–2005[edit]

In 2004, he started the year as the runner-up to Nicolas Escudé in Doha, and also played semifinals in Hamburg Masters, in Indianapolis, and in the Madrid Masters. He also reached the quarterfinals in Basel and 1/8 finals in the Miami Masters. At the 2004 Olympics, he teamed up with Mario Ančić to win the bronze medal in doubles, winning against the Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes, after having been defeated by the Chilean duo of Fernando González and Nicolás Massú, the eventual gold medalists, in the semifinals.[citation needed]

In 2005, Ljubičić produced markedly better results. He won two ATP titles and was the runner-up at another six, losing to World No. 1 Roger Federer in three of them, and World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in another one. Most notably, he reached the finals of two Masters Series Events, losing to Nadal in Madrid and to Tomáš Berdych at the Paris Indoor Tournament. He finished the year ranked No. 9 in the world and earned his first appearance at the year-end Masters Cup, where he was eliminated in the group stage (Ljubičić was one of a number of entrants who were invited due to the withdrawal of higher-ranked players, such as No. 2 Rafael Nadal).

Ljubičić has been the top player of the Croatian Davis Cup team since the departure of Goran Ivanišević. In Davis Cup 2005, the Croatian team defeated the United States in the first round played in March 2005. Ljubičić defeated Andre Agassi convincingly in straight sets in his first singles match. He then teamed with Mario Ančić to defeat the Bryan Brothers, then the world's second-ranked doubles team. He finally clinched victory for his country, defeating America's No. 1 player and former World No. 1 Andy Roddick in five sets.[citation needed]

In the July quarterfinal, Ljubičić again won his singles games against Romania's Victor Hănescu, as well as Andrei Pavel, and then together with Ančić defeated the Pavel-Gabriel Trifu duo in five sets. In the semifinal held in September against the Russian team, Ljubičić defeated Mikhail Youzhny in five sets, together with Ančić defeated Igor Andreev and Dmitry Tursunov in another five-set game, and finally defeated Nikolay Davydenko to secure victory for Croatia. Then, in the finals, Ljubičić defeated Karol Kučera and also paired with Mario Ančić to help secure Croatia's first Davis Cup victory.[citation needed]

2006[edit]

Prior to the Australian Open, Ljubičić played a tournament in Chennai. Seeded first, he was expected to do well on the hard courts there. He reached the final and defeated Spaniard Carlos Moyà 7–6, 6–2. At the 2006 Australian Open, he reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career. He defeated Thomas Johansson of Sweden 6–2, 6–4, 6–4, in the fourth round. He lost to eventual finalist Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the quarterfinals 4–6, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 3–6. After the Australian Open, he played at the Zagreb Indoor Open, which is played on carpet, a surface typically favoured by Ljubičić. He reached the final once more and defeated Stefan Koubek 6–3, 6–4.[citation needed]

He bettered this feat when he made the semifinals of the 2006 French Open, a run that ended with a loss to Rafael Nadal, who holds the record for the longest win streak on clay. It was speculated that Ljubičić was able to make it this far because his highest-ranked opponent was not even ranked in the top 70. After the match, Ljubičić made controversial comments about how Nadal took too much time between points. He stated he hoped Roger Federer would defeat him in the final. (Nadal went on to beat Federer in the final.) Ljubičić then traveled to Queen's Club, defeating Răzvan Sabău 7–6, 6–2, before losing to Gaël Monfils 6–7, 5–7, in the round of 16. Many people have speculated about why Ljubičić does not do well on grass in spite of his huge serve, but analysts have said that Ljubičić needs more time on groundstrokes that the grass surface does not give.[citation needed]

At the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, Ljubičić faced 2005 quarterfinalist Feliciano López. He won 11–9 in the fifth. He then defeated Justin Gimelstob, before losing in the third round to Dmitry Tursunov, after being up two sets to none. He then traveled to Gstaad, Switzerland to play in the Allianz Suisse Open on red clay. Being the top seed, he defeated Spaniard Albert Portas in the first round and Marco Chiudinelli in the second round, before losing to seed Feliciano López in straight sets. In the Canada Masters, he reached the third round, before losing out to Fernando González. He then went to the Bangkok Open, where he was the top seed and reached the final round. He met America's James Blake, but was defeated 3–6, 1–6, and moved to no. 3 on the ATP ace list. He did not remain no. 3, due to David Nalbandian, who pushed him down by advancing to the semifinals in Madrid. At the US Open, Ljubičić was drawn against Feliciano López of Spain in the first round, as he had been at Wimbledon. Lopez defeated Ljubičić, 6–3, 6–3, 6–3.

2007[edit]

Ljubičić in his only 2007 Australian Open match, questioning a line call.

Ljubičić began his 2007 season in style with a victory at the $1 million Qatar Qatar ExxonMobil Open. En route to his victory, he defeated Andy Murray in the finals. In doing so, he became the race leader in the 2007 Indesit ATP Race. In this tournament, Ljubičić played his first competitive match with a Head racquet, after abandoning his previous racket sponsor, Babolat.[citation needed]

He played in the 2007 Australian Open and was seeded fourth, but was surprisingly defeated in the first round by Mardy Fish. Ljubičić bounced back well to make the final of the Zagreb Indoor Open, against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis. Baghdatis waited until match point to claim his only break of serve against Ljubičić to win the thrilling final with a 7–6, 4–6, 6–4 victory. At the Open 13 tournament in Marseille, Ljubičić, the second seed, was one of four seeds to lose in the first round, losing to qualifier but local favorite Nicolas Mahut 4–6, 4–6. In Rotterdam, he made it to the final, where, exhausted, he was beaten 2–6, 4–6 by Mikhail Youzhny. At the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Ljubičić lost to Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals 6–7, 6–7.[citation needed]

Prior to Wimbledon, Ivan Ljubičić hit form on the grass courts, a surface in which he had previously failed to reach the last eight before. Playing at s'Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, he defeated Dutch home crowd favourite, Peter Wessels in three tight sets. Ljubičić won the final set 7–6, securing his victory, regardless of the fact that he did not break the Dutchman's serve in the match. As the 15th seed (ranked no. 12), he opened his 2007 Wimbledon campaign against American Vince Spadea, followed by a win over Jan Hernych, but fell in four sets to Paul-Henri Mathieu. He and Ernests Gulbis lost in the men's doubles competition in the first round. In September, just one day before start of Davis Cup tie against Great Britain, he discovered blood in his urine. After tests, it was announced that he had two small stones in the kidney. He was then advised to take a break for the next couple of weeks.[citation needed]

Ivan then had an average fall season, reaching the semifinals of the China Open, losing to Fernando González, the quarterfinals in Vienna, and the quarterfinals in Lyon. However, he failed to win a match in the two Masters Series tournaments, losing to Stefan Koubek in Madrid and Marcos Baghdatis in Paris.

2008[edit]

Ljubičić's first tournament of 2008 was in Doha, where he reached the semifinals, losing to Stanislas Wawrinka. However, Ivan suffered a shocking first-round defeat at the 2008 Australian Open, losing to Dutchman Robin Haase in four sets.

He was then granted a wildcard to a Challenger in East London, South Africa, where he defeated Stefan Koubek in straight sets. It was Ljubičić's first Challenger in over two years.

His next significant result was in Zagreb, where, as the home crowd favorite, he reached the final, only to suffer a shocking upset by Ukrainian lucky loser Sergiy Stakhovsky 5–7, 4–6. At the 2008 French Open, Ljubičić produced the biggest upset of the tournament (at that time) by coming back from a two-set deficit to defeat world no. 4, and 2007 French Open semifinalist Nikolay Davydenko 4–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4. He had previously lost to Davydenko on clay at Hamburg in 2008 4–6, 1–6. At Wimbledon, Ivan played three-hour thriller against Austrian Jürgen Melzer and lost 4–6, 6–7, 6–4, 6–2, 3–6.[citation needed]

2009[edit]

Ljubičić started the season as world no. 58. His first tournament was the Australian Open, where he beat Igor Kunitsyn in the first round 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 5–7, 6–3, before losing in the second round to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7–6, 6–7, 6–7, 2–6. He then participated at Zagreb, where he defeated Christophe Rochus in the first round 6–4, 6–1, before losing to Viktor Troicki 4–6, 7–5, 4–6, in the second. He then lost in the opening match in three tournaments: in Rotterdam to Andy Murray 3–6, 2–6, in Marseille to Feliciano López 6–3, 4–6, 5–7, and in the Dubai to David Ferrer 6–3, 2–6, 1–6. His ranking fell to No. 74.

His next tournament was the 2009 BNP Paribas Open. He defeated Kei Nishikori in the first round, and fellow Croatian Mario Ančić in the second when Ančić retired with illness at 3–3. He then upset eighth seeded Gilles Simon 6–3, 7–6, in the third, and outlasted Igor Andreev 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, in the fourth to reach the quarterfinals, where he was at last beaten by fourth seeded Andy Murray 5–7, 6–7. Ljubičić received a wild card into the Monte Carlo Masters and in the second round defeated Juan Martín del Potro 4–6, 6–1, 6–4. He proceeded to the quarterfinals, where he was defeated by four-time defending champion Rafael Nadal 3–6, 3–6. Due to his strong play at Monte Carlo, he received a wild card into the 2009 Madrid Masters. He again defeated a top-10 player in the second round, beating ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6–4, 7–5. He then defeated eighth seed Gilles Simon 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, to reach his third quarterfinal at a Masters 1000 event. He was defeated by Novak Djokovic 4–6, 4–6, in the quarterfinals. His performances during the clay-court season have helped his ranking improve to No. 43, his highest since August 2008. His clay-court form did not carry into the 2009 French Open, as he suffered a disappointing defeat by Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–2, 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6, in the first round. Ljubičić didn't compete at Wimbledon due to an injury.[citation needed]

Ljubičić returned to form in China. At the China Open, he reached the quarterfinals, losing to Robin Söderling. At the inaugural Shanghai Masters event, Ljubičić reached the quarterfinals for the fourth time at a Masters 1000 event. He defeated Julien Benneteau in the first round 6–3, 3–6, 6–1. He defeated world no. 9 Fernando Verdasco in straight sets 6–4, 7–6, in the second round. Ljubičić was cruising over Gaël Monfils 6–2, 3–0, before the Frenchman retired. Ljubičić then retired from his quarterfinal match against Rafael Nadal, after splitting the first two sets 6–3, 3–6. Ljubičić was the eighth player to retire during the event. Ljubičić won his first title since June 2007, at the 2009 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon event. Seeded third, Ljubičić did not defeat a single seeded player, benefitting from several seeded players losing early. After defeating Martín Vassallo Argüello and Nicolas Kiefer, Ljubičić defeated three Frenchmen in a row to take the title. He defeated Florent Serra, and wild cards Arnaud Clément in the semifinal and Michaël Llodra in the final.

2010[edit]

Ljubičić began the season with a third-round finish at the Australian Open, losing to Ivo Karlović. He also made the quarterfinals in the 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships, where he lost to eventual champion and world no. 2 Novak Djokovic, in three sets. At the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, he got revenge by beating Djokovic 7–5, 6–3, in the fourth round. He proceeded to upset defending champion Rafael Nadal 3–6, 6–4, 7–6, in the semifinals, avenging his loss against him in the 2005 Madrid Masters final and sending Ivan to his fourth career Masters 1000 final. He successfully broke his trend of three previous final losses in these master series tournaments by defeating American favorite Andy Roddick in the final 7–6, 7–6, to lift his first ever Masters Series trophy.[citation needed]

He became the first Croat to ever win the tournament; the third 26th-ranked player to win this tournament (following Àlex Corretja and Jim Courier);[citation needed] the second-oldest winner at the tournament (behind Jimmy Connors who was five months older when he won in 1984); and the oldest first-time winner of a Master Series 1000 event.[5] As a result of his performance in the tournament, in which he defeated three top-10 players—Djokovic (No. 2) in the quarterfinals, Nadal (No. 3) in the semifinals, and Roddick (No. 8) in the final, en route to the title—he broke into the top 20 in the rankings for the first time in nearly two years, No. 13 as of March 22.[6]

2011[edit]

Ljubicic had a solid 2011, reaching the latter rounds of the Monte Carlo clay-court tournament and the third round at Wimbledon, where he lost to Andy Murray. Ljubicic lost to David Nalbandian in the second round at the US Open. He reached the finals in Metz in September, where he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3–6, 7–6, 3–6. He reached the semifinals of the China Open, but lost to Marin Čilić 4–6, 3–6.[citation needed]

2012[edit]

Ljubicic played the last tournament of his professional career at Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in April.[7]

He ended his career by losing in the first round to Ivan Dodig 6–0, 6–3.[8]

Post retirement[edit]

In 2013, Ljubičić became Canadian player Milos Raonic's coach [9] and Czech top-10 player Tomáš Berdych's manager.[10]

Major finals[edit]

ATP Masters Series finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2005 Spain Madrid, Spain Hard (i) Spain Rafael Nadal 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 2005 France Paris, France Carpet (i) Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 2006 United States Miami, United States Hard Switzerland Roger Federer 6–7(5–7), 6–7(4–7), 6–7(6–8)
Winner 2010 United States Indian Wells, United States Hard United States Andy Roddick 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5)

ATP Career Finals[edit]

Singles: 87 (10–14)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1–3)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2–3)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (7–8)
Titles by Surface
Hard (7–12)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (2–2)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 8 October 2001 France Lyon, France Carpet (i) Morocco Younes El Aynaoui 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 12 January 2004 Qatar Doha, Qatar Hard France Nicolas Escudé 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 2. 10 January 2005 Qatar Doha, Qatar (2) Hard Switzerland Roger Federer 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 3. 14 February 2005 France Marseille, France Hard (i) Sweden Joachim Johansson 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 21 February 2005 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Switzerland Roger Federer 7–5, 5–7, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 5. 28 February 2005 United Arab Emirates Dubai, UAE Hard Switzerland Roger Federer 1–6, 7–6(8–6), 3–6
Winner 2. 9 October 2005 France Metz, France Hard (i) France Gaël Monfils 7–6(9–7), 6–0
Winner 3. 16 October 2005 Austria Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–2, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 6. 24 October 2005 Spain Madrid, Spain Hard (i) Spain Rafael Nadal 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 7. 7 November 2005 France Paris, France Carpet (i) Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 4. 8 January 2006 India Chennai, India Hard Spain Carlos Moyà 7–6(8–6), 6–2
Winner 5. 5 February 2006 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Carpet (i) Austria Stefan Koubek 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 3 April 2006 United States Miami, USA Hard Switzerland Roger Federer 6–7(5–7), 6–7(4–7), 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 9. 2 October 2006 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Hard (i) United States James Blake 3–6, 1–6
Winner 6. 15 October 2006 Austria Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Chile Fernando González 6–3, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 7. 6 January 2007 Qatar Doha, Qatar Hard United Kingdom Andy Murray 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 5 February 2007 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Carpet (i) Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 11. 26 February 2007 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Russia Mikhail Youzhny 2–6, 4–6
Winner 8. 17 June 2007 Netherlands 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Netherlands Peter Wessels 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 12. 1 March 2008 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Hard (i) Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky 5–7, 4–6
Winner 9. 1 November 2009 France Lyon, France Hard (i) France Michaël Llodra 7–5, 6–3
Winner 10. 21 March 2010 United States Indian Wells, USA Hard United States Andy Roddick 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 13. 31 October 2010 France Montpellier, France Hard (i) France Gaël Monfils 2–6, 7–5, 1–6
Runner-up 14. 25 September 2011 France Metz, France Hard (i) France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–6

Doubles: 4 (0–4)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 series (0–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 23 July 2000 Croatia Umag, Croatia Clay Croatia Lovro Zovko Spain Álex López Morón
Spain Albert Portas
1–6, 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up 2. 12 November 2000 France Lyon, France Carpet (i) United States Jack Waite Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Australia Sandon Stolle
1–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–7(7–9)
Runner-up 3. 22 July 2001 Croatia Umag, Croatia Clay Croatia Lovro Zovko Argentina Sergio Roitman
Italy Andrés Schneiter
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 4. 17 October 2004 France Metz, France Hard (i) Italy Uros Vico France Arnaud Clément
France Nicolas Mahut
2–6, 6–7(8–10)

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A LQ LQ A 1R 1R 3R 1R 2R 2R QF 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R 1R 0 / 13 13–12
French Open A A A LQ 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 1R SF 3R 4R 1R 3R 4R A 0 / 12 18–12
Wimbledon A A A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 3R 3R 1R A 1R 3R A 0 / 11 8–11
US Open A LQ A 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 3R 1R 3R A 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 12 9–12
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–4 1–4 4–4 4–4 2–4 3–4 11–4 6–4 3–3 1–3 4–4 8–4 0–1 0 / 48 48–48
ATP World Tour Finals
Tour Finals Did Not Qualify RR RR Did Not Qualify 0 / 2 2–4
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A LQ 1R A 1R 4R QF QF 4R QF W 2R A 1 / 9 20–8
Miami A A A A 1R QF 2R 2R 3R 4R F SF 2R 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 12 17–12
Monte Carlo A A LQ 3R LQ 1R 1R 3R 3R 1R QF 3R 2R QF 3R QF 1R 0 / 13 18–13
Rome A A A A A 1R 3R QF 2R 3R 1R 2R 1R A 3R 2R A 0 / 10 11–10
Hamburg1 A A A A LQ LQ 1R 1R SF 2R 2R 3R 2R QF A 1R A 0 / 9 11–9
Canada A A A A A 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R A A A A A 0 / 7 4–7
Cincinnati A A A 2R A QF 2R 2R 2R 1R QF 2R A 2R 1R A A 0 / 10 12–10
Madrid2 A A A A LQ A 3R 1R SF F 2R 2R LQ QF 2R 1R A 0 / 9 15–9
Paris A A A LQ A 2R 2R A 2R F A 2R 2R 2R 2R A A 0 / 8 9–8
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 0–1 9–6 6–9 6–7 16–9 15–9 17–8 10–9 5–6 15–7 10–7 4–6 0–1 1 / 87 116–87
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–8 3–5 2–4 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 10 / 24 10–14
Overall Win–Loss 1–1 1–4 2–3 11–14 23–22 29–22 29–29 29–25 37–24 57–24 61–20 44–23 19–18 32–23 26–19 25–20 3–6 10 / 293 429–296
Year-End Ranking 576 289 293 77 91 37 49 42 22 9 5 18 45 24 17 30 $10,169,964

1Held as Madrid Masters from 2009-2012.
2Held as Shanghai Masters from 2009-2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ATP World Tour – Tennis Players — Ivan Ljubičić". ATPWorldTour.com. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
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  9. ^ "Milos Raonic's new tennis coach is Ivan Ljubicic". The Canadian Press. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
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