Australian Open: Nikola Mektic and Barbora Krejcikova win 1st title as team

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Australian Open: Nikola Mektic and Barbora Krejcikova win 1st title as team

Barbora Krejcikova and Nikola Mektic won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open on Saturday. The fifth-seeded pair defeated the American-British team of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jamie Murray 5-7, 6-4, 10-1, one-minute shy of the midnight mark.

The Czech-Croatian team started off strongly and converted an early break to go up 2-0 in the opening set. The unseeded team kept on the prowl to regain their break and their opening finally came in the 10th game when Mektic served for the set.

From down 4-5 in the set to clinch the set at 7-5, Mattek-Sands and Murray won four consecutive games to extend their lead. This lead was extended to five games when they started off the second set by winning the opening service game.

The lower-ranked team’s game unravelled yet again in the second set and they went down two service breaks, to trail the fifth seeds 2-5. On Krejcikova’s service in the eighth game of the set, they were able to recoup one service break back to narrow their deficit.

On Mektic’s serve at 5-4, the seeds captured the set without losing their way further. The match tie-break was a one-sided affair as the scoreboard showed. Mektic and Krejcikova hit 28 winners to Murray and Mattek-Sands’ 18.

They finished the match with 70 points to their opponents’ 58. Krejcikova was making a reappearance in the mixed doubles final at Melbourne Park this year, after winning the title there last year with Rajeev Ram. This was Mektic’s first title at a Major. This was also Krejcikova and Mektic’s first Major title as a team. Photo Credit: Aus Open Twitter