12.01.2021 - 17:17 Uhr
One week into the 2021 ATP Tour season and new team Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic have captured their first team trophy.The top-seeded Croatian team completed a dream week at the Antalya Open on Tuesday by beating second seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 6-2, 6-4 in the doubles final, which lasted 67 minutes.“It’s a great start and couldn’t be any better, especially because it’s our first tournament together,” Mektic told ATPTour.com.Pavic told ATPTour.com, “It’s always great to start the year like this as we’ve never played together before. It’s good to get a lot of matches and the goal, for me, is always to reach the [Nitto] ATP Finals, which was in London and now in Torino. It’s a good way to start.”Mektic and Pavic threatened throughout the first set, breaking serve in the third and seventh games. The new team were unable to convert a deciding Deuce point at 1-1 in the second set, but decisively broke for a 3-2 advantage and didn't look back.Mektic, who partnered Wesley Koolhof to the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals crown, is now 9-8 in tour-level finals, while 27-year-old Pavic picks up his 18th trophy (18-22 record in finals).Croatian Dodig and Slovakian Polasek are now 2-3 as a team in ATP Tour finals, having captured two crowns in 2019 at the Western & Southern Open and the China Open. Dodig and Pavic finished runner-up in September last year at the Hamburg European Open (l. to Peers/Venus).



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26.07.2021 - 14:34 Uhr

Japanese pair Ben McLachlan and Kei Nishikori reached the quarter-finals on home soil on Monday at the Tokyo Olympics as they overcame British team Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski 6-3, 6-4.McLachlan and Nishikori, who are playing together for just the second time this week, broke twice and won 88 per cent (30/34) of their first-service points to advance in 81 minutes.They will next face top seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic after the Croatians battled past Italians Lorenzo Musetti and Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-7(5), 10-7. Mektic and Pavic have won eight tour-level titles this year, including three ATP Masters 1000s and Wimbledon.The top seeds, who also became the first team to qualify for the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals earlier this month, saved both breaks they faced to claim victory in two hours and six minutes. Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah also booked their spot in the last eight with a 6-4, 6-1 truimph over Austrians Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald. The third seeds have lifted two tour-level titles this season at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.After advancing in 86 minutes, Cabal and Farah will next play Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus after the New Zealand duo received a walkover from Dutchmen Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer.

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