Croatia's Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic continued their strong start to the season on Saturday as they beat Great Britain's Daniel Evans and Neal Skupski to lift the Miami Masters title. Mektic and Pavic, who teamed up for the 2021 season, have already won their fourth title of the season.
On Saturday, No. 2 seeds Mektic and Pavic handed a 6-4 6-4 loss to Evans and Skupski in the Miami final. Evans and Skupski claimed the opening break of the match in the fifth game but got broken back in the following game.
Mektic and Pavic then broke the British duo to love in the 10th game to win the opener. In the second set -- no breaks were seen until the 10th game -- when Mektic and Pavic broke Evans and Skupski to book a straight-set win and clinch the title.
Mektic and Pavic enjoy playing with each other
Mektic acknowledged after the final that playing with his friend and a fellow Croatian means a lot to him. "As long as I'm a part of those teams, I'm good," Mektic said, as revealed on the ATP website.
"It's incredible. Like I said on the court, it means a lot to win with a friend, with a fellow Croatian, to win such a big tournament. But like we said, we just started, so I hope we are going to have much more to celebrate."
Meanwhile, Pavic showed his class and gave credit to their opponents. "I think they played a very good match, very solid. They started off very well. They were also returning great from the beginning of the match... They played some great games," Pavic said.
"They are a tough team, and they proved that also with a few big wins this week to get to the final. I think we were just very solid, very confident with all these matches that we won from before and we played a great match."