ATP Doubles: Nikola Mektic, Mate Pavic lift third team title in 2021

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ATP Doubles: Nikola Mektic, Mate Pavic lift third team title in 2021

Croatia's Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic have continued their strong start to the season as on Sunday they lifted their title of the year in Rotterdam. Mektic and Pavic, seeded at No. 2, handed a straight-set defeat to Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau 7-6 (7) 6-2 in the Rotterdam final.

Krawietz and Tecau claimed the first break of the match in the sixth game of the first set but their lead was short-lived as Mektic and Pavic broke back in the following game. Krawietz and Tecau also failed to capitalize on a set point in the tie-break as Mektic and Pavic converted their second set point to win a tight opener.

The two teams were tied at two games apiece in the second set before Mektic and Pavic won four games in a row to book a straight-set win. "We have known each other for years already,” said Pavic, per the ATP website.

“We practised together for the past couple of years always when we were back home. We never played an official match before this year, but I think that helped us. We started to play this year together, but we know the games of each other very well, so I don’t think it took us too much time to adapt to each other on the court.

The results prove that”.

Mektic and Pavic served extremely well in Rotterdam

“We came up, throughout the entire tournament, with a high level of serving,” said Mektic. “We only got broken a few times.

That was the key. It is indoor tennis. The serve is a very important part of the game in indoor tennis. We did very well and, in the end, I am very happy to win the tournament”. Elsewhere, Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic defeated Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar 6-3 7-5 to lift the Buenos Aires doubles title.

After saving two break points in the third game of the first set, Brkic and Cacic claimed the lone break of the opener in the following game. Brkic and Cacic missed out on a match point and failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game of the second set but kept their focus as they won the following two games to earn a straight-set win.