21 Mar 2010

Ljubicic beats Nadal to advance to Indian Wells final

2:24 pm on 21 March 2010

Ivan Ljubicic played the match of his life to upset third seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal 3-6 6-4 7-6 to reach the final of the Indian Wells tennis tournament.

The big-serving Croatian, recovered from a set down before crunching a forehand down the line to clinch the tiebreak 7-1 and seal victory in two hours, 34 minutes.

Ljubicic jumped and down in delight, thrusting both arms skywards, to celebrate only his second win against Nadal in seven meetings, and his first in five years.

The Croat will compete in his fourth Masters final against American Andy Roddick, who held off a fightback by Swede Robin Soderling to win their semi-final 6-4 3-6 6-3.