Croatia's Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic have continued their outstanding season as they won Eastbourne. On Friday, top-seeded Mektic and Pavic saw off third-seeded Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-4 6-3 in the Eastbourne final.
Mektic and Pavic saved a break point in the fourth game, before claiming the first break of the match in the fifth game. Ram and Salisbury had a chance to break back immediately but Mektic and saved a break point in the sixth game.
Ram and Salisbury had again a break point in the eighth game but again failed to convert. In the 10th game, Mektic and Pavic realized their first set point to win the opener. After winning the first set, Mektic and Pavic made a perfect start to the second set as they broke Ram and Salisbury in the opening game of the set.
Mektic and Pavic broke Ram and Salisbury again in the ninth game to book a straight-set win.
Mektic and Pavic dominant in 2021
Mektic and Pavic have been playing an outstanding tennis throughout the whole season as they now have seven ATP titles in 2021.
In the singles event, it's all set for a final between Lorenzo Sonego and Alex de Minaur. Sonego, ranked at No. 27 in the world, edged out Max Purcell 6-1 3-6 6-1 to reach the Eastbourne final. Sonego made a great start to the match as he broke Purcell twice in the first set and dropped no service games to easily win the opener.
After easily losing the first set, Purcell responded in the second set as he broke Sonego in the sixth game and served out for a decider in the ninth game. However, Sonego regrouped and claimed two breaks in the third set to escape with a three-set win.
In the second semifinal, de Minaur beat Sonwoo Kwon 6-3 7-6 (2). De Minaur dropped his serve once but claimed two breaks to win the opener. Kwon recovered from a break down in the second set to force a tie-break but de Minaur kept his focus and won the tie-break to claim a straight-set win.
In the tie-break, de Minaur absolutely dominated Kwon to book a straight-set win. It remains to be seen who will win the Eastbourne singles title on Saturday.