Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic continued their dream start to the 2021 ATP Tour season on Sunday, as they defeated Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin 7-6(2), 6-3 to clinch the Murray River Open title.

The Croatian pair converted all three break points it created to clinch the trophy in 71 minutes. Mektic and Pavic extend their unbeaten record as a team to 8-0. Last month, the pair claimed the Antalya Open trophy in the team debut event.

“I am very happy that we started this way,” said Mektic. “It is just a confirmation that this partnership could be very good.”

Mektic and Pavic’s straight-sets victory in the final completes an impressive run in Melbourne. The top seeds survived three Match Tie-breaks to reach the final and were forced to contest their quarter-final and semi-final matches on the same day.

“It was a crazy tournament, a crazy schedule… We didn’t even realise yesterday that we were playing the semi-finals in the afternoon. We thought we were done [after our quarter-final]. We almost went home and then we realised that we were also scheduled to play the semi-finals,” said Mektic. “We played really well in those matches. We fought through some tough ones. We won all three of our first matches in a Match Tie-break. We are very happy that we were mentally able [to do that].”

This is Mektic’s 10th tour-level doubles title. The 32-year-old has won titles at his three most recent events. Prior to his title runs alongside Pavic this year, Mektic ended his 2020 season with a title run at the Nitto ATP Finals (w/Koolhof).

“Every title is special,” said Mektic. “Every title makes you very happy and I am looking forward to the Australian Open.”

Pavic now owns 19 tour-level doubles crowns. This is the sixth consecutive year that Pavic has lifted multiple ATP Tour crowns.

Chardy and Martin were attempting to win their fourth ATP Tour team trophy. The Frenchman upset second seeds Wesley Koolhof and Lukasz Kubot and eighth seeds Marcelo Demoliner and Santiago Gonzalez en route to the championship match.

Mektic and Pavic receive 250 FedEx ATP Doubles Ranking points and split €7,200 in prize money. Chardy and Martin gain 150 points and share €5,760.

Source: Tennis – ATP World Tour