Ljubicic makes a great stride toward obtaining a top 10 ranking again.
Ivan Ljubicic, champion of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, is now ranked 13th on the ATP tour at the age of 31, an age when when most tennis players are really starting to fade.
While Ljubicic is quite unlikely to re-achieve his former high ranking of 3 in his career again his title over the weekend in the very prestigious Masters Series event may be sparking some interest in the Croatian as his betting price with Paddy Power has shortened to +8000 (80/1) to win the French Open. Many others have pulled their odds on Ljubicic at this point as his out of the blue title is no doubt somewhat confusing.
One thing to note however is that Ljubicic, despite having a career high ranking of 3rd, has been a massive underachiever in Grand Slam tournaments. He has contested every Slam since the 1999 US Open except for two and in doing so he has gone out in the first or second round 29 times.
While he has only seen the 4th round of a Slam on 3 occasions, 2 of those occasions were in Roland Garros (SF 2006, 4th round 2008). If you were thinking of betting Ljubicic to win a Grand Slam based on his precedent setting Masters Series title in Indian Wells then the smartest pick would be for the French Open as that is where he has played his best in past years.
However, be sure that you get only the very very best odds on Ljubicic and at this time that appears to be with Stan James who have him priced at +12500 (125/1) in the outright winner's market for the French. With odds that long there is absolutely no reason to put anything except the smallest touch of icing on the line and the odds may even have some value as taking down a Masters Series title should, quite properly, turn heads.
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