Croatia's Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic were thrilled after winning the Monte Carlo Masters doubles title on Sunday. Mektic and Pavic, seeded at No. 2, handed a 6-3 4-6 10-7 loss to Great Britain's Dan Evans and Neal Skupski in the Monte Carlo Masters final to lift their fifth title of the year.
Mektic and Pavic have had an outstanding season so far and their magnificent series of results continued in Monaco. "It’s incredible, we’re so, so happy, especially because the final was so intense," said Mektic, as quoted on the ATP website.
"It was 10/7 for us, but it could have gone either way. It's a wonderful place. It was special to win here with another fellow Croatian [in 2019] the first time around, and this is equally as special."
Evans and Skupski pushed hard Mektic and Pavic
Mektic and Pavic blew an early first-set break but made no mistake on their serve after claiming the second break in the eighth game.
Mektic and Pavic also blew an early second-set break but this time paid the price as Evans and Skupski won the second set to force a decider. In the match tie-break, the two teams were tied at 7-7 before Mektic and Pavic won three points in a row to seal the title.
"[Daniel and Neal] are very tough. They won a lot of matches. Neal won Acapulco before Miami too. I would like to see them playing more together, because they are a good team, but it’s up to Dan and his singles," Pavic said.
"We have played more than 30 matches and we’ve been playing great. We’re on a run. It was our first clay tournament together and the matches we’ve played before this week gave us confidence. It was good to get the Match Tie-break win yesterday [against Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos] too”.
Evans and Skupski praised Mektic and Pavic after the final. “Well done again, another great week,” said Evans. “We can’t get you yet, but we’ll keep trying”. Skupski said: “Congratulations again, it seems to be going well for you this year”.