Olympic gold medalists Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić achieved their 17th consecutive victory and advanced to the semifinals of the ATP Masters 1000 Series tournament in Toronto, where they defeated Dutch player Matwe Middlekop and Australian Luke Saville 6-3, 6-7 (6), 10-7 in the quarterfinals.
Although they had to play three sets, Mektić and Pavić did not allow their opponents any break points during the match.
The world’s best doubles team is one match away from their 12th final this season and will have to achieve it against German Kevin Krawietz and Romanian Horia Tecau who are the 4th seeded pair in Toronto.
For the placement in the semifinals, Krawietz and Tecau defeated Russian Aslan Karacev and Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 3-6, 10-3.
Another Croatian tennis player, a silver medalist from Tokyo Ivan Dodig, is playing for the semifinals. With his new partner, Indian Rohan Bopann, he will play in the quarterfinals against the third seed, American Rajeev Rama and Briton Joe Salisbury.
Recall, after winning eight ATP tournaments in their first season playing together, the most important of which is Wimbledon, Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić also became Olympic champions and justified their status as the first seed of the tournament in Tokyo. The duo won the fourth and fifth medals in the history of Croatian tennis at the Olympic Games earlier this summer.
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