MONTE-CARLO, 18 April 2021 – Croatian doubles team Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić have won another ATP doubles title.
Mektić and Pavić beat the British pairing Neil Skupski and Dan Evans 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 in the final to claim the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters on Sunday.
Mektić and Pavić, who were the tournament’s second seeds, needed one hour and 36 minutes to claim their fifth ATP Tour team title from six finals.
The Croatians already lifted trophies at the Antalya Open, the Murray River Open, the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament and the Miami Open this year. Mektić and Pavić now have a 29-3 record in 2021.
“We’re definitely on a run and very happy to win this week. I hope we can return in better conditions next year with some crowds,” Pavić, who last week returned to the No.1 ranking in doubles, said after the win.
Mektić added: “It’s incredible, we’re so, so happy, especially because the final was so intense. It was 10/7 for us, but it could have gone either way. It’s a wonderful place. It was special to win here with another fellow Croatian [in 2019] the first time around, and this is equally as special.”
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Pavić now has 22nd ATP titles and Mektić 13. Mektic now also has his second straight Monte-Carlo crown.
The 32-year-old from Zagreb won the 2019 trophy with fellow Croatian Franko Skugor.