17:57 / 11.07.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Mektić and Pavić win doubles title at Wimbledon

Mate Pavić and Nikola Mektić

Mate Pavić and Nikola Mektić

Foto: Simon Bruty / PA Images PIXSELL

The Croatian duo have played together since the beginning of the year, forming a fearsome combination that quickly took top spot in the doubles rankings. Saturday’s final in London was their tenth this season, and eighth win.

The Croatian team of Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić have won the doubles title at Wimbledon, beating the Spanish-Argentinian duo of Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 6:4, 7:6, 2:6, 7:5, in Saturday night's final.

The Wimbledon win for Mektić and Pavić comes twenty years and one day after Goran Ivanišević won the Wimbledon singles title against Patrick Rafter. Speaking at the post-match press conference Mektić commented on his feelings having won his first grand slam title: "It's definitely the most special tournament for both of us. It is for many players, but for us especially, because of Goran, because of how we grew up. That was the first association to tennis, when I first saw tennis, it was Wimbledon, it was Goran."

For Pavić this is his third grand slam title, having already won the Australian Open in 2018 with Austrian Oliver Marach and the 2020 US Open with Brazilian Bruno Soares. Pavić told reporters that he was well aware of the timing with regard to Ivanišević’s 2001 win at Wimbledon: "It's been twenty years since that final of his. The Monday final. The special one. So, for us it's special. Especially for me, you know, I come from Split, and I also grew up as a kid watching it. Wimbledon is special, and it's tough to explain how we feel right now."

Source: HRT

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