US OPEN MIXED-DOUBLES: Laura Siegemund and Mate Pavic win the title after a straight sets victory over Vandeweghe and Ram


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US OPEN MIXED-DOUBLES: Laura Siegemund and Mate Pavic win the title after a straight sets victory over Vandeweghe and Ram

An inspired pair of Laura Siegemund and Mate Pavic are the new US Open Mixed doubles champions after a 6-4 6-4 triumph against the 7th seeds CoCo Vandeweghe and Rajeev Ram in 73 minutes. Playing for the first time together, German&Croatian combination was unseeded when the draw came out, but that didn't stop them from winning all 5 matches without a set lost, making this picture perfect tournament for both.

The match was rather important for all 4 players, as all of them chased the first Grand Slam title. In addition, all players except Vandeweghe (she lost the Australian Open Mixed doubles final with Horia Tecau) performed in their first Grand Slam final, making that extra motive for all of them.

It was a very close encounter, with 8 games finished in the deciding point, and in the end, Siegemund and Pavic won just 3 points more than their rivals. The champions used their first serve better while the Americans played better on the second serve, to keep the result tight from start to finish.

Laura and Mate converted 3 from 6 break points, more efficient than 1 from 5 from CoCo and Rajeev, and that made the whole difference. The result was locked-up at 4-4 as nothing could separate the teams through the first 8 games but Ram lost his serve in game 9 when Vandeweghe sent the forehand volley long.

Pavic served for the opening set and he delivered the hold in the deciding point, as he and Siegemund took it by 6-4. The pairs exchanged early breaks at the start of the second set and the crucial moment came in game 7 when CoCo lost her serve, and the Americans could not pull the break back until the end of the match, as Pavic and Siegemund clinched the second set with another 6-4 score, to celebrate their first Grand Slam success.

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