In a truly resounding effort of will and determination, Ivan Ljubicic did what no one thought he could do. He not only won all 3 points vs Team
Ancic was preparing for Agassi if they had to play a fifth and deciding match but that match never happened and this may have been the last stop for Agassi in Davis Cup. He is slowing down while approaching 35 years old but still at #9 in the world. I asked him how long he intends to play and he said as long as he thinks he can compete for a Grand Slam. Next up for the disappointed Americans is the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells in mid-March, which offers the best competition and just about all the top players play unless they are injured.
In my opinion, the USA Team was simply outplayed by a prime, young, HOT player at his peak. No one played that poorly, just bad timing. Even though Ljubicic played 3 straight days, he seemed less tired than Roddick as the match went on. Two tough tiebreakers in which Roddick lost the 3rd set after leading 4-1 in the tiebreak as he squandered 3 set points before falling 13-11. The 4th set tiebreak was also very close and Roddick pulled it out when Ljubicic double faulted. However, Andy was broken on the first game and he could never recover. Time is now for Roddick, who has been in the top 3 since near the end of 2003 after capturing his first and only Grand Slam at the US Open. He had a good 2004 year but came up short of Roger Federer as like everyone else did. He lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the semi-finals of this yearâ€™s Aussie Open. His game is great, don’t get me wrong but sometimes he looks a bit lost out there. Since ending his relationship with Coach Brad Gilbert, he has remained near the top but needs more consistency and possibly some more serve and volleying to put more pressure on the other great players. Meanwhile,
Time will tell on the young and the not so young Americans in the tournaments to come. Hopefully good signs ahead. The
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