INDIAN WELLS, California - Ivan Ljubicic beat Andy Roddick 7-6(3)7-6(5) to win the BNP Paribas Open, finally claiming his first ATP Masters 1000 title after three losses in finals. The 31-year-old Croatian will rise to around 13th in the ATP Tour rankings, returning to the top 20 for the first time in more than two years and recovering from a slump in form last year when he lost in the first round in five consecutive tournaments.
"I had my problems, like everybody else," he said.
All that was forgotten when he beat Roddick in a contest between big servers.
"It was really a mind game," Ljubicic said.
"When you have two big serves, not a lot of rallies happening, it's a very mental match. I was fortunate enough to be more relaxed by the end."
Roddick was trying to become the first American man to win at Indian Wells since 2001, but he trailed in both tiebreakers. He had beaten Ljubicic seven times in 10 meetings, winning their last match at Indian Wells in two tiebreakers in 2007.
Jelena Jankovic had a much easier time in the women's final, defeating Caroline Wozniacki 6-26-4 for her first title in seven months.
The former top-ranked player from Serbia dictated from the baseline throughout her match, hitting the lines and keeping Wozniacki on the run. Jankovic broke Wozniacki three times in the first set and again in the first game of the second set.
"I wanted to be really aggressive, but at the same time patient, and not really go for too much or go over the limit with some balls," Jankovic said. "I waited for my opportunities, and when I had them, I took them." - Sapa-AP