Croatia's Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic couldn't hide their happiness after winning it all at Wimbledon. Mektic and Pavic, seeded at No. 1, handed a 6-4 7-6 (5) 2-6 7-5 loss to No. 4 seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the Wimbledon men's doubles finall.
Mektic and Pavic, who are playing their first season together, have now won eight titles this year already. It was their first Grand Slam team title. “This is something special, this is by far the best tournament in the world… Especially for me and I think for Nikola also, we all grew up with Goran [Ivanisevic].
It’s been 20 years since he won the Monday final, and this is the first time there is another Croatian winning the trophy,” Pavic said, per the ATP website. “We are very emotional. I had a tough final a few years ago, so I’m super happy and very emotional”.
Becoming a Grand Slam champion was something Mektic dreamed of. “That ball falling long on the last point, that was the best feeling of my life,” Mektic said. “It was an incredible match today again. The last three matches that we played, it was probably the best three matches of my life, the best three matches that I ever participated in.
“We just kept pushing. We just kept telling ourselves, let’s just dig every point, let’s not give up”.
Mektic and Pavic came up big in the final
Mektic and Pavic broke Granollers and Zeballos in the seventh game, before serving out for the opener in the 10th game.
In the second-set tie-break, Mektic and Pavic realized their first set point to take a two-set lead. Granollers and Zeballos started the fourth set with a 4-0 lead and served out for the set in the eighth game. In the fourth set, Mektic and Pavic missed out on a championship point in the 10th game but converted their second championship point in the 12th game.