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French Open: Croatia’s Mate Pavić reaches men’s doubles final

PARIS, 8 October 2020 – Croatia’s Mate Pavić has reached the men’s doubles final of the French Open. 

Pavić and his Brazilian partner Bruno Soares beat the no.1 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah from Colombia 7-6 (4), 7-5 at Roland Garros on Thursday. 

Pavić and Soares have had a great last month after they won the US Open in September. The Split-native has won two men’s doubles titles, in 2018 he won the Australian Open with Oliver Marach. He also made the 2017 Wimbledon Championships final and the 2018 French Open men’s doubles finals with Marach.

Pavić’s other Grand Slam titles were the mixed doubles titles at the 2016 US Open in partnership with Laura Siegemund and the 2018 Australian Open with Gabriela Dabrowski. Together with Dabrowski, Pavić also made it to the 2018 French Open and 2019 French Open mixed doubles finals.

The Croatian became the youngest doubles World no.1 since 1996 when he reached no.1 in 2018 and in doing so was the first Croatian to reach no.1 in any tennis ranking.

In the second semi-final, Croatian Nikola Mektić and his Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof, who lost the US Open final to Pavić and Soares, were beaten by defending champions Andreas Mies and Kevin Krasietz from Germany 6-3, 7-5.  

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