Ivan Ljubicic defeated Andy Murray 6-4, 6-4 to win the Qatar Open. Ljubicic, the world No. 5 and the tournament’s second seed, lost the final here in both 2004 and 2005.
“I have seen my opponent lifting one of the most beautiful trophies in tennis twice before and I so badly wanted to win it. I knew I had a chance this year and did it,” said Ljubicic, who won $142,000.
Ljubicic had a difficult start and was forced to save six break points in the first game of the match against Britain’s Murray. But the Croat soon found his momentum.
“After winning that tough first game, things became easier for me. Once your opponent fails to capitalise on an advantage, it makes things difficult for him and Andy was under pressure after that,” Ljubicic said.
Despite failing to close out the first game, fourth-seeded Murray remained focused and surprised the hard-hitting Ljubicic with his consistency and backhand winners.
Djokovic edges past Guccione
Adelaide: Top-seeded Novak Djokovic beat Australian Chris Guccione 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-4 on Sunday to win the Adelaide International.
Guccione upset second-seeded Richard Gasquet in Friday’s quarterfinals of the tournament which featured a round-robin format for the first time.
Li’s patience tested
Sydney: China’s Li Na had to wait through a two-hour rain delay to complete the final two points of a 6-4, 7-5 win over Francesca Schiavone of Italy at the Sydney International on Sunday.
Li led 6-4, 6-5, 30-0 when rain at the Sydney International Tennis Centre forced a suspension in play.
In other first-round matches on Sunday, Ana Ivanovic of Serbia beat Casey Dellacqua of Australia 6-3, 6-4, Shahar Peer of Israel defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 6-4, 6-2 and Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic beat Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-4.