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Ivanisevic says it's his last Key Biscayne

3/26/2004

KEY BISCAYNE -- Recurring shoulder trouble forced
Goran Ivanisevic out of the Nasdaq-100 Open on Friday, and he said
he won't return.

"I know that it's my last Key Biscayne for sure," he said.

Ivanisevic retired after losing a set 6-4 to Rafael Nadal. The
injury-plagued Croatian has played just nine matches since the
beginning of 2003 and has hinted at retiring after one more
appearance at Wimbledon, which he won in 2001.

Ivanisevic, who won his first-round match Wednesday, has mounted
several comebacks since undergoing shoulder surgery in May 2002. He
said he couldn't get loose against Nadal.

"Maybe the nerve is jammed," he said. "It was a heavy arm,
bothering me like this before my surgery. It's pretty
disappointing."

The ailment is the latest in a series to sideline Ivanisevic at
Key Biscayne. A stiff neck forced him to retire from the 1996
final, and last year he withdrew with a sore foot after stepping on
a shell while wading in the ocean.