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Ivan Ljubičić

Personal information
NameIvan Ljubičić
CountryCroatia
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Height1.93 m
Turned pro1998
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career prize money$9,450,269
Singles
Career record413 279 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 3 (May 1, 2006)
Current rankingNo. 26 (September 26, 2011)
Grand Slam results
Australian OpenQF (2006)
French OpenSF (2006)
Wimbledon3R (2006, 2007, 2011)
US Open3R (2005, 2007)
Doubles
Career record98 105 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 70 (May 16, 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2010)
French Open3R (2004, 2006)
Wimbledon1R (2005, 2006, 2007)
US OpenQF (2003, 2009)

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Ivan Ljubičić (-shǐv̞an ʎûbitʃitɕpron; born March 19, 1979) is a Croatian tennis player born in Bosnia and Herzegovina (then Yugoslavia). His career-high ATP ranking to date has been No. 3, and he stands at No. 37.

Tall and powerfully built, he is noted for his strong serve. He has achieved his best results in indoor tournaments played on carpet or hardcourt. Mostly a baseliner, he will approach the net selectively (Ljubičić is a good volleyer and plays doubles occasionally). On his backhand, he can use a slice or a drop-shot to great effect to draw a player or put him out of position. Relying heavily on his serve, he holds well but is a comparatively weak returner, producing many sets ending in tie-breaks. Ljubičić is using the Head Youtek Extreme Pro Racquet, after using the Babolat Pure Drive for most of his professional career.

Ljubičić previously served as the ATP Player Council president, and has strongly voiced his opinion on many issues, such as the possible downgrading of current Masters Series tournaments in Monte Carlo and Hamburg.

Ljubičić and Mario Ančić are only the second doubles team ever to defeat Bob and Mike Bryan in Davis Cup history, the other team being France's Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra. Ljubičić helped Croatia win the 2005 Davis Cup, where they triumphed over the Slovakian Davis Cup team in the final.


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