Ivan Dodig Wins 13th Doubles Title in Lyon, Mate Pavić Makes Geneva Open History

Daniela Rogulj

May 26, 2019 – It was an excellent weekend for Croatian tennis, which saw Croatian tennis players celebrate at tournaments around Europe. Namely, Croatian tennis player Ivan Dodig and French tennis partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin won the doubles title at the ATP 250 series tournament in Lyon, where as the second-seed, they defeated the third-seeded British brothers Ken and Neal Skupski 6-4, 6-3 in the Saturday final after 70 minutes of play, reports 24 Sata

This is Dodig and Roger-Vasselin’s second title won as a duo at ATP tournaments. The first time the pair celebrated together was at the tournament in Montpellier.

For Dodig, this is his 13th title in doubles competitions, while he’s been defeated in the final 14 times. This is Roger-Vasselin’s 18th title in his 29th final and the tenth on his home court. 

Mate Pavić rounded off a successful day of Croatian tennis after Ivan Dodig in Lyon. Namely, the Split native and his doubles partner Austrian Oliver Marach justified their status as the first-seeded team of the tournament and celebrated at the ATP 250 Series tournament in Geneva.

Pavić and Marach defeated Australian Matthews Ebden and Swede Robert Lindstedt in two sets – 6:4, 6:4. During the match, they came to three breaks, and they lost their first strike only once in the final at the very beginning of the match (the second game) – after that, they did not face a break until the end of the match. This is Pavić’s 14th ATP title in his doubles career couples (and the sixth won with Marach), and the first in 2019.

Pavić and Marach also made history in Geneva, becoming the first team to win back-to-back Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open doubles titles on Saturday. 

“We love to come back here in Geneva. Two years in a row, winning, feels great and I hope we can come back next year,” said Pavić. Pavić and Marach gain 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and split €29,650 in prize money.

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