Croatian national team players Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić became the best tennis pair in the world in 2021. After defeating Englishmen Daniel Evans and Neal Skupski 6:4, 6:4 in 75 minutes, they became the winners of the Miami Open.
This is the fifth joint final between Mektic and Pavic. The first time was in the Masters 1000 series. They won the fourth championship this season. At the same time, they became the first Croatian to win both titles in the Miami Open and came here in a convincing way without losing a set.
“This is the first time we won the Masters 1000 joint championship. It means a lot to us. The game is very good. They have a surplus in the first set, which is not easy. We are satisfied with our way of playing,” Mate said . After the game, Pavić returned to the top of the ATP doubles table and added:
“I won the championship for the first time in about ten weeks. I hope I can walk a little longer now. We are also number one in the doubles ranking. We deserve it. I hope we can continue to do this.”
Mektic and Pavic scored their 25th victory in their 28th appearance this season (25:3), and convincingly became the best pair of 2021.
Nikola Mektic (Nikola Mektic) was asked about the secret to the success of another Croatian: “I can’t tell you the real secret, but I can say that it’s great to play with this guy. We are on the court. Get along well off the court. They won the Masters 1000 Championship.
Mektic was also part of the first pair. Two years ago he and Frank Škugor won the Monte Carlo championship trophy. Monte Carlo is the new stop of Nikola and Mata.
The 32-year-old Zagreb concluded: “A new major tournament. Every 1,000 Masters is a motivation. I hope we can stay focused and continue to win.”
Mektic and Pavic won the Miami Championship with 1,000 points and will share a cash prize of $81,000.