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Mate Pavić (Croatian pronunciation: [mǎːte pǎːʋitɕ];[1][2] born 4 July 1993) is a Croatian professional tennis player specialising in doubles. He became a Grand Slam champion after winning the 2018 Australian Open men's doubles title[3]. Pavić also reached the 2017 Wimbledon Championships men's doubles finals, and the 2018 French Open men's doubles finals, all partnering Oliver Marach. He also won mixed doubles titles at the 2016 US Open in partnership with Laura Siegemund[4] and at the 2018 Australian Open with Gabriela Dabrowski.[5]. Together with Dabrowski, Pavić also made it to the 2018 French Open and 2019 French Open mixed doubles finals.

Mate Pavić
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Country (sports) Croatia
ResidenceFreeport, Bahamas
Born (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 26)
Split, Croatia
Height1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJohn Farrington
Nađa Pavić
Prize money$2,246,122
Singles
Career record3–10 (23.1%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 295 (6 May 2013)
Doubles
Career record192–113 (63.0%)
Career titles14
Highest rankingNo. 1 (21 May 2018)
Current rankingNo. 7 (28 January 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2018)
French OpenF (2018)
WimbledonF (2017)
US Open3R (2017)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (2017, 2018)
Mixed doubles
Career titles2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2018)
French OpenF (2018, 2019)
WimbledonQF (2017)
US OpenW (2016)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2018)
Last updated on: 28 January 2019.

In May 2018 Pavić rose to world No. 1, making him the 52nd player ever to do so in the history of the ATP Doubles rankings. He was the youngest doubles No. 1 since Todd Woodbridge in 1996, and the first tennis player from Croatia to ever hold this ranking. [6]

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Early and personal lifeEdit

Pavić was born in Split, Croatia to Jakov, a tennis coach, and Snježana, a kindergarten teacher. He has two sisters, Nadja and Matea. He started playing tennis at the age of 5, after watching his father coach his sister Nadja. His nickname is Fifty.

Tennis careerEdit

JuniorsEdit

As a junior Pavić posted a singles win/loss record of 95–51 (90–39 in doubles) and reached a combined ranking of No. 5 in January 2011. In singles, in 2010 he reached the French Open QF and in 2011 again the QF, this time at the Wimbledon Championship. His biggest success as a junior came at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships – Boys' Doubles where he won the title partnering George Morgan (UK). [7]

Early careerEdit

After winning the Boy's Doubles title at Wimbledon Championship, Pavić received a wild card to the 2012 Zagreb Indoors doubles tournament. Partnering Ivan Dodig, he reached his first ATP doubles finals at the age of 18 years and 7 months. In singles, his first ATP-level tour match came at the 2011 ATP Croatia Open in Umag, where he lost to Filippo Volandri in the first round. His first victory at the ATP-tour level came at 2012 Rosmalen Grass Court Championships in s-Hertogenbosch where he upset world No. 40 Robin Haase in the first round. The same year he defeated world No 37. Juan Carlos Ferrero. The following year he reached his career high ranking in singles at world No. 295.

Pavić wanted to pursue his tennis career in both singles and doubles, but when doubles qualifying events were introduced in 2016, this new rule enabled him to get into bigger ATP doubles tournaments and decided to focus more on doubles. He is quoted saying he regrets not being able to see where his singles career would have taken him.

First ATP doubles titleEdit

Pavić won his first ATP doubles title at ATP Nice Open in May of 2015, partnering Michael Venus. From May 2015 to October 2016 Pavić and Venus made it to 11 ATP doubles finals, winning five of them. However, they never made it past 3rd round at a Grand Slam tournament and decide to split at the end of 2016. The same year Mate went on to win the mixed doubles title with Laura Siegemund. Not being able to secure a permanent partner after the 2017 Miami Open, Pavić temporarily teamed with Austria's doubles veteran Oliver Marach during the European clay court season. Their clay swing was not successful and they decided to split after 2017 Wimbledon Championship. However, Pavić and Marach then made it to three consecutive grass court finals, including the 2017 Wimbledon Championship where they lost 11-13 in the fifth set to (at the time) No. 1 ranked doubles team of Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo. [8]

First Grand Slam doubles title and No. 1 rankingEdit

After reaching the finals at Wimbledon, at the 2017 US Open Pavić and Marach lost in the 3rd round. In October Pavić and Marach won their first tournament as a team at the Stockholm Open. In November they qualified for the 2017 ATP Finals as first alternates and played one match, beating the Bryan brothers in Round robin.

Pavić and Marach had a great start to 2018. They went on to win 17 matches in a row, capturing titles at the Qatar Open, Auckland Open and then winning their first Grand Slam title at the 2018 Australian Open. In Melbourne Mate also won his second mixed doubles Grand Slam title, this time with Gabriela Dabrowski. Pavić and Marach's winning streak came to an end at the Rotterdam Open in February, where they lost in the finals. In April, Pavić and Marach reached their first ATP 1000 Masters Series finals in Monte Carlo (losing to Bryan brothers). On the 21st of May 2018 Mate Pavić became the No 1. ranked player in the world in doubles, and spend 8 weeks as the top. He was the youngest No. 1 doubles player in the word since Todd Woodbridge in 1996. Pavić and Marach also made it to the 2018 French Open finals, where they lost to Mahut and Herbert. After the French Open, Pavić and Marach went 10-8, losing in both 2018 Wimbledon Championship and 2018 US Open first rounds.

Significant finalsEdit

Grand Slam tournament finalsEdit

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2017 Wimbledon Grass   Oliver Marach   Łukasz Kubot
  Marcelo Melo
7–5, 5–7, 6–7(2–7), 6–3, 11–13
Winner 2018 Australian Open Hard   Oliver Marach   Juan Sebastián Cabal
  Robert Farah
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2018 French Open Clay   Oliver Marach   Pierre-Hugues Herbert
  Nicolas Mahut
2–6, 6–7(4–7)

Mixed doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2016 US Open Hard   Laura Siegemund   Coco Vandeweghe
  Rajeev Ram
6–4, 6–4
Winner 2018 Australian Open Hard   Gabriela Dabrowski   Tímea Babos
  Rohan Bopanna
2–6, 6–4, [11–9]
Runner-up 2018 French Open Clay   Gabriela Dabrowski   Latisha Chan
  Ivan Dodig
1–6, 7–6(7–5), [8–10]
Runner-up 2019 French Open Clay   Gabriela Dabrowski   Latisha Chan
  Ivan Dodig
1-6, 6-7(5-7)

Masters 1000 finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2018 Monte-Carlo Masters Clay   Oliver Marach   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 3–6

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 32 (14 titles, 18 runners-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–2)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–3)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (12–12)
Finals by surface
Hard (8–9)
Clay (5–5)
Grass (1–4)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2012 Zagreb Indoors, Croatia 250 Series Hard (i)   Ivan Dodig   Marcos Baghdatis
  Mikhail Youzhny
2–6, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Feb 2013 Zagreb Indoors, Croatia 250 Series Hard (i)   Ivan Dodig   Julian Knowle
  Filip Polášek
3–6, 3–6
Loss 0–3 Jan 2014 Chennai Open, India 250 Series Hard   Marin Draganja   Johan Brunström
  Frederik Nielsen
2–6, 6–4, [7–10]
Win 1–3 May 2015 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, France 250 Series Clay   Michael Venus   Jean-Julien Rojer
  Horia Tecău
7–6(7–4), 2–6, [10–7]
Loss 1–4 Jul 2015 Hall of Fame Championships, United States 250 Series Grass   Nicholas Monroe   Jonathan Marray
  Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
6–4, 3–6, [8–10]
Loss 1–5 Jul 2015 Colombia Open, Colombia 250 Series Hard   Michael Venus   Édouard Roger-Vasselin
  Radek Štěpánek
5–7, 3–6
Loss 1–6 Oct 2015 Stockholm Open, Sweden 250 Series Hard (i)   Michael Venus   Nicholas Monroe
  Jack Sock
5–7, 2–6
Win 2–6 Jan 2016 Auckland Open, New Zealand 250 Series Hard   Michael Venus   Eric Butorac
  Scott Lipsky
7–5, 6–4
Win 3–6 Feb 2016 Open Sud de France, France 250 Series Hard (i)   Michael Venus   Alexander Zverev
  Mischa Zverev
7–5, 7–6(7–4)
Win 4–6 Feb 2016 Open 13, France 250 Series Hard (i)   Michael Venus   Jonathan Erlich
  Colin Fleming
6–2, 6–3
Loss 4–7 May 2016 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, France 250 Series Clay   Michael Venus   Juan Sebastián Cabal
  Robert Farah
6–4, 4–6, [8–10]
Win 5–7 Jun 2016 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands 250 Series Grass   Michael Venus   Dominic Inglot
  Raven Klaasen
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Loss 5–8 Jul 2016 Swiss Open, Switzerland 250 Series Clay   Michael Venus   Julio Peralta
  Horacio Zeballos
6–7(2–7), 2–6
Loss 5–9 Sep 2016 Moselle Open, France 250 Series Hard   Michael Venus   Julio Peralta
  Horacio Zeballos
3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 5–10 Oct 2016 Stockholm Open, Sweden 250 Series Hard (i)   Michael Venus   Elias Ymer
  Mikael Ymer
1–6, 1–6
Win 6–10 Apr 2017 Grand Prix Hassan II, Morocco 250 Series Clay   Dominic Inglot   Marcel Granollers
  Marc López
6–4, 2–6, [11–9]
Loss 6–11 Jun 2017 Stuttgart Open, Germany 250 Series Grass   Oliver Marach   Jamie Murray
  Bruno Soares
7–6(7–4), 5–7, [5–10]
Loss 6–12 Jun 2017 Antalya Open, Turkey 250 Series Grass   Oliver Marach   Robert Lindstedt
  Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
5–7, 1–4 ret.
Loss 6–13 Jul 2017 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grand Slam Grass   Oliver Marach   Łukasz Kubot
  Marcelo Melo
7–5, 5–7, 6–7(2–7), 6–3, 11–13
Win 7–13 Jul 2017 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay   Ivan Dodig   Pablo Cuevas
  Marc López
6–3, 6–4
Win 8–13 Oct 2017 Stockholm Open, Sweden 250 Series Hard (i)   Oliver Marach   Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
  Jean-Julien Rojer
3–6, 7–6(8–6), [10–4]
Win 9–13 Jan 2018 Qatar Open, Qatar 250 Series Hard   Oliver Marach   Jamie Murray
  Bruno Soares
6–2, 7–6(8–6)
Win 10–13 Jan 2018 Auckland Open, New Zealand (2) 250 Series Hard   Oliver Marach   Max Mirnyi
  Philipp Oswald
6–4, 5–7, [10–7]
Win 11–13 Jan 2018 Australian Open, Australia Grand Slam Hard   Oliver Marach   Juan Sebastián Cabal
  Robert Farah
6–4, 6–4
Loss 11–14 Feb 2018 Rotterdam Open, Netherlands 500 Series Hard (i)   Oliver Marach   Pierre-Hugues Herbert
  Nicolas Mahut
6–2, 2–6, [7–10]
Loss 11–15 Apr 2018 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Masters 1000 Clay   Oliver Marach   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 3–6
Win 12–15 May 2018 Geneva Open, Switzerland 250 Series Clay   Oliver Marach   Ivan Dodig
  Rajeev Ram
3–6, 7–6(7–3), [11–9]
Loss 12–16 Jun 2018 French Open, France Grand Slam Clay   Oliver Marach   Pierre-Hugues Herbert
  Nicolas Mahut
2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 12–17 Jul 2018 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay   Oliver Marach   Julio Peralta
  Horacio Zeballos
1–6, 6–4, [6–10]
Win 13–17 Sep 2018 Chengdu Open, China 250 Series Hard   Ivan Dodig   Austin Krajicek
  Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
6–2, 6–4
Loss 13–18 Oct 2018 China Open, China 500 Series Hard   Oliver Marach   Łukasz Kubot
  Marcelo Melo
1–6, 4–6
Win 14–18 May 2019 Geneva Open,
Switzerland
250 Series Clay   Oliver Marach   Matthew Ebden
  Robert Lindstedt
6–4, 6–4

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Current through the 2019 Australian Open.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R W 2R 1 / 6 8–5
French Open A A A 3R 1R 1R 2R F 0 / 5 8–5
Wimbledon A A A 3R 3R 3R F 1R 0 / 5 11–5
US Open A A A 2R 2R 2R 3R 1R 0 / 5 5–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 6–4 3–4 3–4 8–4 11–3 1–1 1 / 21 32–20
Year-end championship
ATP Finals Did Not Qualify RR RR 0 / 2 2–2
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A SF 0 / 1 3–1
Miami Open A A A A A A 1R QF 0 / 2 2–2
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A F 0 / 1 2–1
Madrid Open A A A A A A 2R A 0 / 1 1–1
Italian Open A A A A A A 2R QF 0 / 2 2–2
Canadian Open A A A A A A SF SF 0 / 2 3–2
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A 2R 2R 0 / 2 0–2
Shanghai Masters A A A A A SF QF SF 0 / 3 6–3
Paris Masters A A A A A A 1R SF 0 / 2 2–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 5–7 13–7 0–0 0 / 16 21–15
National representation
Davis Cup A A PO Z1 A A A W 0 / 1 0–3
Career statistics
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 4 3 5 0 13
Finals 0 1 1 1 4 8 6 10 0 31
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 5–2 5–4 18–18 19–16 39–22 47–27 56–21 3–3 192–113
Year-end ranking 379 130 71 56 54 29 17 3 63%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Máte". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 2018-03-17. Máte
  2. ^ "Pȁvao". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 2018-03-17. Pávić
  3. ^ "Marach, Pavic claim Australian Open men's doubles crown". Reuters. 27 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Pavic and Siegemund win U.S. Open mixed doubles". Eurosport. 9 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Dabrowski and Pavic win mixed doubles in Melbourne". WTA. 28 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Pavic To Rise To World No. 1 On Monday Despite Loss". ATP World Tour. 18 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Tribute: Pavic Completes Rise To No. 1". ATP World Tour. 22 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Tribute: Pavic Completes Rise To No. 1". ATP World Tour. 22 May 2018.

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