Ljubicic eyes first Grand Slam final

Ljubicic eyes first Grand Slam final
By Eurosport

06/06/2006 at 22:21Updated

It may surprise many to see Ivan Ljubicic in the latter stages of the French Open, but considering the Croat has been in and amongst the top five players for over a year, it seems perfectly logical that the fourth seed will dispute a Grand Slam quarter fi

Even if Ljubicic, who's best performance on clay this year has been a quarter-final spot at the Monte Carlo Masters, has yet to win a clay court title, the world number four is everything but surprised to see himself go that far.

"Until the age of 15, I didn't play on anything else than clay" admitted Ljubicic "So I cannot say that I'm surprised. Of course, a lot of things happened positively for me. I played well when I had to play. The draw helped little bit. But, you know, you cannot just go with the draw.

"I think this result, it's somewhere where I belong, being number four seed. When you're in quarterfinals, that's nothing amazing. If I did it like five or six years ago, I would tell you, yes, it's incredible.

"But now I feel much more complete player and I think I deserve this place."


"If I had to play a long match, three-and-a-half, four hours, I don't know how my body would have reacted," Benneteau said of the injury, which occurred during his second round defeat of No19 Marcos Baghdatis.

If the match goes the distance, expect Ljubicic to reach his first major semi-final.

Benneteau and Ljubicic have met twice before, but never on clay, with each winning once. Their last meeting was a straight set win for Benneteau in Miami two years ago.

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