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Ivan Ljubicic defeats Andy Roddick in Indian Wells men's final

March 21, 2010 |  5:26 pm

Tennismen Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia won his first ATP Masters 1000 title Sunday, defeating Andy Roddick, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), in the men's final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Roddick, who was attempting to become the first American to win at Indian Wells since 2001, trailed in both tiebreaks and lost when Ljubicic set up his fourth match point with the last of his 20 aces. Roddick had beaten Ljubicic in seven of the last 10 meetings, including a 2007 match at Indian Wells.

Ljubicic, 31, became the second-oldest player to win at Indian Wells behind Jimmy Connors, who was five months older when he won in 1984.

With the victory, Ljubicic will rise from 26th to 13th in Monday's ATP Tour rankings.

We'll have more on the men's final at the BNP Paribas Open later on latimes.com/sports.

-- Austin Knoblauch

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Ivan Ljubicic celebrates after defeating Andy Roddick in the men's final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Sunday. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Associated Press

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