Croatian doubles team Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić advanced to the doubles finals of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Miami, defeating American Rajeev Ram and Briton Joe Salisbury 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Mektić and Pavić solved the first set after a break in the fourth game and the second after a tie-break in which they made it 5:3.
Croatian tennis players Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić will play in the Miami Open doubles final against British duo Daniel Evans and Neal Skupski. Evans and Skupski defeated Croatian Ivan Dodig and Slovak Filip Polašek 7-6 (4), 1-6, 10-8 in a dramatic duel, which was decided by one point in the end.
Dodig and Polašek did not lose their service during the match, but the defeat cost them worse than the start of the decisive set – Evans and Skupski took an early lead with 5:1, and the Croatian-Slovak duo did not manage to return.
Mektić and Mate Pavić have 24 victories and only three defeats this season, and they have won three tournaments so far (Antalya, Melbourne, Rotterdam).
After three victories, Marin Čilić finished his performance at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Miami earlier this week.
In the round of 16, the 8th-best tennis player in the world, Russian Andrej Rublev, was too strong for Čilić (6:4, 6: 4). Marin lost his serve once in each set (both times in the fifth game) and did not reach a single break during the match. He recorded six aces and a first-serve percentage of 54 percent.
It was their fifth meeting and Rublev’s fourth consecutive victory. Čilić’s next appearance will be at the Masters 1000 tournament in Monte Carlo, which starts on April 11.
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