Croatian Mate Pavic and Brazilian Bruno Soares have made it all the way at this year’s US Open after defeating eighth-seeded Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic in the final. Pavic and Soares, who entered the US Open as an unseeded duo, came up big in the final as they saw off Koolhof and Mektic 7-5 6-3.
Pavic, 27, and 38-year-old Soares had the first break point of the match in the sixth game of the match but failed to realize as Koolhof and Mektic managed to serve out the game to tie the set at three games apiece. The set appeared to be heading toward a tie-break but Koolhof and Mektic blew two consecutive game points in the 12th game as Pavic and Soares converted their first set point to win a tight opener.
Pavic and Soares then served out the opening game of the first set — had a chance to claim an early break — but Koolhof and Mektic saved two break points in the second set to make it all tied at one game apiece. But it didn’t take long for Pavic and Soares to earn new break opportunities as they claimed the first break of the second set in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead.
Three games later, Pavic and Soares routinely served out for the match as they converted their first match point to claim this year’s US Open doubles title.
Pavic and Soares win a Grand Slam a year after forming a team
Pavic and Soares debuted as a pair at the Queen’s Club in 2019, where they were beaten in the quarterfinal.
Since then, they have played three finals and won two big titles. Pavic and Soares claimed their maiden team title at the Shanghai Masters last year after beating Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the final. A week later, they fell just short of winning back-to-back ATP titles as they ended runners-up at the Stockholm Open after losing to Henri Kontinen and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
In this year’s US Open, Pavic and Soares put up a great serving display as they won 84 percent of their first serve points and didn’t allow a single break point to Mektic and Koolhof. Pavic now has two Grand Slam men’s doubles titles in his collection, while Soares now has three Grand Slam men’s doubles titles in his collection.
En route to winning it all at the US Open, Pavic and Soares beat Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, Jackson Withrow and Jack Sock, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.