US Open: Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic to Meet in Doubles Final!

Daniela Rogulj

Mario Ćužić/HTS
Mario Ćužić/HTS

Mario Ćužić/HTS

September 9, 2020 – Croatia’s last two representatives Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic will meet in the doubles final of the US Open!

For the first time in his career, Nikola Mektic will play in the final of a Grand Slam tournament in the men’s doubles competition!

After the semifinals of Wimbledon 2017 and Roland Garros 2018, the Zagreb native took a step further in New York. Mektic and Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof surpassed the 3rd seed, American Rajeev Rama and British Joe Salisbury in the semifinal match in two sets – 7:6 ( 3), 6:4.

The key moment of the duel happened in the ninth game of the second set when Ram and Salisbury lost their serve for the second time in the match. Mektic will be looking for his second Grand Slam title (the first he won this year at the Australian Open in mixed doubles with Czech partner Barbora Krejcikova) against countryman Mate Pavic and his Brazilian partner Bruno Soares.

Mate Pavic managed to advance to the doubles finals of the US Open with Soares after defeating Royer and Tecau 6:4, 7:5 in the semifinals after an hour and 26 minutes of play.

In the second set, Rojer and Tecau served for the set at 5:3, but Pavic and Soares managed to return the break, reached another, and advance to the final. The Croatian doubles final will be played on Thursday. 

Borna Coric failed to make it to the semifinals of the US Open. Coric’s campaign in New York was cut short in the quarterfinals by the 7th-best tennis player in the world, German Alexander Zverev, who won in four sets – 1:6, 7:6 (5), 7:6 1), 6:3.

Until the middle of the second set, it seemed that Borna could surprise Zverev – he started the match very well, easily took the first set, and took the lead with 4:2 in the second. But Zverev caught the right rhythm and equalized thanks to a tie-break.

In the third set, Zverev was the first to break for 2:1, Borna immediately fought back, and the story later ended again in the 13th game, which Zverev took without any major problems.

The fourth set was dominated by the German tennis player who, after a break in the eighth game, managed to bring the match to an end. Borna scored five aces (Zverev 18) during the match, had a first-serve percentage of 72 percent, and used only four of 15 break points (Zverev three of eight). It was their fifth meeting and Zverev’s second victory.

Source: HTS

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