Croatia’s Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic were happy with the way they performed throughout the week at the Rome Masters. Mektic and Pavic, seeded at No. 2, handed a 6-4 7-6 (4) loss to fifth-seeded Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the Rome Masters final.
Mektic and Pavic failed to convert a break point in the first game but broke Ram and Salisbury in the fifth game to love to take a 3-2 lead. Mektic and Pavic then held on to their serve the rest of the set to win the opener.
In the second set, not a single break point was seen and the set went into a tie-break. Mektic and Pavic took a 6-0 lead in the tie-break and there was no way back for Ram and Salisbury as the Croatian duo realized its fifth match point to seal a straight-set win.
Mektic and Pavic were dominant during the whole week in Rome as they didn’t drop a single set en route to winning it all. “It feels great and we’re very happy with the way we played the whole tournament,” said Pavic, per the ATP website.
“We didn’t drop a set, so it showed how well we played throughout the week. It was a tough match. There were only a couple of chances in the first set before it became tighter in the second set from 6/0 to 6/4 [in the tie-break].
I hope we can keep going.”
Mektic and Pavic aim a Nitto ATP Finals spot
“The goal is to qualify for the [Nitto] ATP Finals in Turin. I was hoping we’d have good results, but it has surprised me a little bit as we hadn’t played together before this year,” Pavic said.
Mektic and Pavic have had an outstanding start to the season as the Rome title was their sixth title of the season. “Mate hit some good returns in the tie-break. It was a tough second set and we struggled with the return, as this court is a little faster than the other courts. It’s been an amazing year, but we expected to do well [at the start of the year],” Mektic said.