Another Grand Slam for Croatian tennis today after Ivan Dodig claimed the French Open Mixed Double’s final with partner Latisha Chan at Roland Garros on Thursday.
Dodig (33) and his Taiwanese partner, who were the tournament’s number two seeds, won the final against fellow Croatian Mate Pavic and his partner Gabriela Dabrowski 6-1, 6-7 (10-8).
The Grand Slam title is Dodig’s second at the French Open. In 2015, Dodig won the French Open men’s doubles title with Marcelo Melo.
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Dodig and Chan made the perfect start to the match, breaking number one seeds Pavic and Dabrowski twice to race to a 4-0 lead. Pavic and Dabrowski, who were looking to claim their second major of the year after winning the Australian Open, could only win one game as Dodig and Chan closed out the set.
The second set went on serve until the 8th game when Dodig and Chan would break to go 5-3 up. The Croatian-Taiwanese combo could not hold serve and the set would be settled in a tie-break when Pavic and Dabrowski came back from 1-5 down to win it 7-5 and force a decider to ten which would go Dodig and Chan’s way.
Croatia has now won 9 Grand Slam titles – Mate Pavic (3), Ivan Dodig (2), Iva Majoli, Mirjana Lucic, Goran Ivanisevic, and Marin Cilic with one each.