No. 2 seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic continued their outstanding season as this week as on Sunday they claimed the Monte Carlo Masters doubles title. Croatia's Mektic and Pavic survived a tight final as they edged out Great Britain's Dan Evans and Neal Skupski 6-3 4-6 10-7 in the Monte Carlo final.
Mektic and Pavic won the opening three games of the first set but Evans and Skupski quickly bounced back as they won the following three games to level the set at three games apiece. But Mektic and Pavic kept their focus and they claimed their second break in the eighth game, before serving out for the opener in the following game.
Mektic and Pavic broke Evans and Skupski early on in the second set but the British duo bounced back as they claimed two quick breaks to steal the second set and force a decider. Mektic and Pavic were down 6-5 in the match tie-break, before they won five of the next six points to claim the title.
Title No. 5 in 2021 for Mektic and Pavic
Mektic and Pavic have been the best duo so far this season as the Monte Carlo title was their fifth team title of the year. Meanwhile, now it's all set for the singles final between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev.
“I am indeed pleased with the performance,” Tsitsipas said after his semifinal win. “I found ways to play at my best. It was really difficult to maintain my level of consistency and I am really happy I managed to deal with all the different moments during the match.
I had a lot of opportunities to hit the forehand, and think how I wanted to construct the point." Both Tsitsipas and Rublev are aiming to win a maiden Masters title in Monte Carlo. “It is an amazing feeling. It is my first [ATP Masters 1000] final, so I am really happy,” Rublev said in his post-match interview, per the ATP website. “We will see what is going to happen [in the final]. I will try to do my best”.