Wimbledon: Nikola Mektic, Mate Pavic lift maiden team Grand Slam title



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Wimbledon: Nikola Mektic, Mate Pavic lift maiden team Grand Slam title

No. 1 seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic captured the Wimbledon men's doubles title after handing a 6-4 7-6 (5) 2-6 7-5 loss to No. 4 seeds Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers in the final. Mektic and Pavic claimed the first break of the match in the seventh game, before serving out for the opener in 10th game.

As no breaks were seen in the second set -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Pavic and Mektic realized their first set point to take a two-set lead. After losing the first two sets, Granollers and Zeballos started the third set with a 4-0 lead before serving out for the set in the eighth gane.

Mektic and Pavic failed to convert a natch point in the 10th game of the fourth set but broke Granollers and Zeballos in the 12th game to book a four-set win.

Metkcia and Pavic win maiden team Grand Slam title

Mektic and Pavic, who have now won eight titles this year, captured their maiden Grand Slam team title.

Earlier in the day, Ashleigh Barty won the Wimbledon singles title. “It took me a long time to verbalise the fact that I wanted to dare to dream it and say I wanted to win this incredible tournament,” said Barty.

“Being able to live out my dream right now with everyone here has made it better than I ever could have imagined. I didn’t sleep a lot last night, I was thinking of all the ‘what ifs’ but I think when I was coming out on this court, I felt at home in a way”.

Barty beat Karolina Pliskova in the final 6-3 6-7 (4) 6-3. “Just keep fighting,” said Barty, after being asked how she responded to the disappointment of set two. “Kaja is an incredible competitor. She brought out the very best in me today and it was an exceptional match from the start and I knew I brought my very best level.

I was really proud of myself the way I was able to reset and just keep going. Just keep chipping away at the start of the third set and hold my nerve at the end”.