Geneva: Nikola Mektic, Mate Pavic make big comeback to win title



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Geneva: Nikola Mektic, Mate Pavic make big comeback to win title

Croatia's Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic have won back-to-back titles after beating Pablo Andujar and Matwe Middelkoop in the Geneva final. First-seeded Mektic and Pavic made a slow start to the Geneva final but recovered to beat unseeded Andujar and Middelkoop 2-6 6-2 10-3.

Andujar and Middelkoop got off to a good start, breaking Mektic and Pavic in the opening game of the match. After claiming the first break of the match, Andujar and Middelkoop claimed their second break in the fifth game to open a comfortable 4-1 lead.

Two breaks of serve were more than enough for Andujar and Middelkoop, who served out for the first set in the eighth game. After winning the first set, Andujar and Middelkoop started the second set with a break. Down by a set and a break, Mektic and Pavic started playing much better as they claimed back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and a take a 4-1 lead in the second set.

Mektic and Pavic missed out on two break points in the sixth game but earned their third break of the second set in the eighth game to send the match into a decider. After recovering from a break down to win the second set, Mektic and Pavic absolutely dominated the match tie-break and won Geneva.

Mektic and Pavic win back-to-back titles

Last week in Rome, Mektic and Pavic captured their first title of the season. This week, Mektic and Pavic put up a strong run in Geneva and now they have two titles on the year.

Mektic and Pavic will now be looking to win their first French Open title. Elsewhere, Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek won Lyon after beating Maximo Gonzalez and Marcelo Melo 6-3 6-4. Dodig and Krajicek got off to a fast start to the Lyon final, taking an early 3-0 lead.

One break of serve was enough for Dodig and Krajicek, who served out for the first set in the ninth game. After winning the first set, Dodig and Krajicek claimed the first break of the second set in the fifth game to open a 3-2 lead.

Dodig and Krajicek faced four break points when they were serving for the match in the 10th game but saved them all to complete a straight-set win. It was the first team title for Dodig and Krajicek.