Wimbledon, England (AFP) – Croatia’s Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic added a Grand Slam title to their dominant season after defeating Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Horacio of Argentina in the men’s doubles final at Wimbledon.
The first-seeded Croatian pair won 6-4, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5 in a match played indoors on the Central Court.
The winners got their first game point at 5-4 in the fourth quarter and then broke the Granollers in the final.
Wimbledon’s victory is the eighth this season for Miktic and Pavic in their first year as they compete in doubles.
Pavic also won doubles titles at the 2018 Australian Open and the 2021 US Open by pairing with other players. For Mektic, this was his first Grand Slam title.
In the women’s league, Taiwan’s Hsieh Su Wei won her third women’s doubles title with Belgium’s Elise Mertens, after defeating Russians Veronika Kudretova and Elena Vesnina.
Hsieh and Mertens saved from two match points in the second set and beat their opponents 3-6, 7-5, 9-7.
The winners took the third set, which featured Hsieh’s backhand aerial shot that broke Veznina.
The Russians had two match points at 5-4 in the second set and were serving when the third set was 7-6.
Mertens also had a chance to finish the match and with the serve when the third quarter went 5-3.
Hsieh won the women’s doubles title at the French Open in 2014. For Mertens, it was her third Grand Slam title and her first at Wimbledon.
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