Nikola Mektić

Nikola Mektić (born 24 December 1988) is a Croatian professional tennis player. A doubles specialist, he reached world No. 1 ranking in men's doubles in October 2021, becoming the 55th player in ATP history to achieve this, and the second one from Croatia to ever hold this ranking.

Nikola Mektić
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Country (sports) Croatia
ResidenceFreeport, Bahamas
Born (1988-12-24) 24 December 1988 (age 32)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2006
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,108,283
Singles
Career record3–9 (25.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 213 (6 May 2013)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2011)
French OpenQ1 (2013)
WimbledonQ3 (2011)
US OpenQ2 (2010)
Doubles
Career record202–115 (63.7% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 1 (18 October 2021)
Current rankingNo. 2 (8 November 2021)[1]
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2021)
French OpenSF (2018, 2020)
WimbledonW (2021)
US OpenF (2020)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (2020)
Olympic GamesGold medal olympic.svg (2020)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2020)
French OpenQF (2019)
Wimbledon3R (2017)
US OpenF (2018)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2018)
Medal record
Last updated on: 18 October 2021.

He is a two-time Grand Slam champion, having won the 2021 Wimbledon Championships in men's doubles partnering compariot Mate Pavić, and the 2020 Australian Open with Barbora Krejčíková in mixed doubles. Mektić also finished runner-up at the 2020 US Open with Wesley Koolhof in men's doubles, and the 2018 US Open with Alicja Rosolska in mixed doubles.

Mektić has won 16 doubles titles on the ATP Tour, including six at Masters 1000 level with four different partners. Mektić also won the 2020 ATP Finals with Koolhof. In singles, he reached his highest ranking of world No. 213 in May 2013. Mektić was part of the Croatian team which won the 2018 Davis Cup, and won an Olympic gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games alongside Pavić.

Early and personal lifeEdit

Mektić was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1988 to Mirko (father) and Višnja (mother). He began playing tennis at age 6 after his brother Luka took up the sport.

CareerEdit

After spending a better part of a decade on the ATP challenger tour and achieving a career high ranking of No. 213 in singles (on May 6, 2013),[2] in 2016 Mektić decided to focus on doubles. The same year he reached his first ATP men's doubles final as a wildcard at the 2016 Croatia Open Umag with his compatriot Antonio Šančić. Since then, he has won sixteen ATP men's doubles titles, including one doubles Grand Slam title, six Masters 1000 titles, one mixed doubles Grand Slam and the 2020 ATP Finals.

2018-2019: First Grand Slam final, three Masters titlesEdit

In 2018 Mektic and Alexander Peya qualified for the 2018 ATP Finals in London. The same year Mektić reached his first Grand Slam finals (in mixed doubles) at the 2018 US Open, partnering Alicja Rosolska, and won the Davis Cup playing for Croatia. He also won three Masters 1000 with three different partners in Madrid (2018), Indian Wells (2019) and Monte Carlo (2019).

2020: ATP Finals doubles title, Australian Open mixed title, top 10 doubles rankingEdit

2020 was the most successful year for Mektić in his career thus far. He won the 2020 ATP Finals in doubles partnering Wesley Koolhof and the 2020 Australian Open mixed doubles event partnering Barbora Krejčíková. He also reached the doubles final at the 2020 US Open partnering again with Wesley Koolhof. As a result he finished the year at No. 8 in the top 10 rankings in doubles and No. 3 in the doubles race with his partner Wesley Koolhof.

2021: New partnership, eight ATP titles including a historic Wimbledon title, First Croatian Olympic tennis champion, World No. 1Edit

Starting 2021, Mektić partnered successfully with his compatriot Mate Pavić. They won four ATP titles including the doubles title at the 2021 Miami Open in the beginning of April[3] and reached the 2021 Australian Open doubles semifinals and 2021 Dubai Tennis Championships final in the first three months of the year. Following these results, Mektić returned to his No. 4 high-career ranking on April 5.

On April 18, Mektić clinched his fifth ATP Masters 1000 in a row and second Masters title of the year at the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters where the pair defeated, for the second time in the final of a Masters in 2021, the British pair of Neal Skupski and Dan Evans.[4]

Seeded No. 2 the pair also reached the final at the 2021 Mutua Madrid Open Masters where they lost to the No. 3 seeded pair Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers[5] and the final of the Italian Open where they won the title defeating No. 5 seeded pair Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury. After the win, Mektić moved to his career-high ranking of World No. 2 on 17 May 2021.[6]

In their first Grand Slam doubles final, top seeds Mektić and Pavić had the biggest victory of their 2021 season as a team defeating Granollers and Zeballos to triumph in doubles at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. They became the first Croatian players to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title. They are also the first players from their country to win at the All England Club since Goran Ivanisevic’s 2001 victory in singles and Ivan Dodig's 2019 mixed doubles win with Latisha Chan.[7]

At the Olympics he won the gold medal with Pavić in an all-Croatian final defeating Ivan Dodig and Marin Cilic.[8] It was the country’s first gold medal in the sport and the third time in the Olympics men's doubles' history that the same country won both gold and silver, and the first one since 1908.[9]

On 18 October 2021, following a quarterfinal showing with Pavic at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open, Mektić became World No. 1 in doubles. He is only the second Croatian tennis player in history to be ranked No.1 in the world in doubles.[10]

Significant finalsEdit

Grand Slam tournament finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2020 US Open Hard   Wesley Koolhof   Mate Pavić
  Bruno Soares
5–7, 3–6
Win 2021 Wimbledon Grass   Mate Pavić   Marcel Granollers
  Horacio Zeballos
6–4, 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 7–5

Mixed doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2018 US Open Hard   Alicja Rosolska   Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  Jamie Murray
6–2, 3–6, [9–11]
Win 2020 Australian Open Hard   Barbora Krejčíková   Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  Jamie Murray
5–7, 6–4, [10–1]

Olympic finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 Gold medal)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold 2021 Summer Olympics Hard   Mate Pavić   Marin Čilić
  Ivan Dodig
6–4, 3–6, [10–6]

Year-end championshipsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2020 ATP Finals, London Hard (i)   Wesley Koolhof   Jürgen Melzer
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
6–2, 3–6, [10–5]

Masters 1000 finalsEdit

Doubles: 8 (6 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2018 Madrid Open Clay   Alexander Peya   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
5–3 ret.
Win 2019 Indian Wells Masters Hard   Horacio Zeballos   Łukasz Kubot
  Marcelo Melo
4–6, 6–4, [10–3]
Win 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters Clay   Franko Škugor   Robin Haase
  Wesley Koolhof
6–7(3–7), 7–6(7–3), [11–9]
Win 2021 Miami Open Hard   Mate Pavić   Dan Evans
  Neal Skupski
6–4, 6–4
Win 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters (2) Clay   Mate Pavić   Dan Evans
  Neal Skupski
6–3, 4–6, [10–7]
Loss 2021 Madrid Open Clay   Mate Pavić   Marcel Granollers
  Horacio Zeballos
6–1, 3–6, [8–10]
Win 2021 Italian Open Clay   Mate Pavić   Rajeev Ram
  Joe Salisbury
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 2021 Canadian Open Hard   Mate Pavić   Rajeev Ram
  Joe Salisbury
3–6, 6–4, [3–10]

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 28 (17 titles, 11 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–1)
ATP World Tour Finals (1–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (6–2)
Summer Olympics (1–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–3)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (7–5)
Finals by surface
Hard (9–7)
Clay (6–4)
Grass (2–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (13–9)
Indoor (4–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2016 Croatia Open, Croatia 250 Series Clay   Antonio Šančić   Martin Kližan
  David Marrero
4–6, 2–6
Win 1–1 Feb 2017 Memphis Open, US 250 Series Hard (i)   Brian Baker   Ryan Harrison
  Steve Johnson
6–3, 6–4
Win 2–1 Apr 2017 Hungarian Open, Hungary 250 Series Clay   Brian Baker   Juan Sebastián Cabal
  Robert Farah
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Loss 2–2 Oct 2017 Shenzhen Open, China 250 Series Hard   Nicholas Monroe   Alexander Peya
  Rajeev Ram
3–6, 2–6
Loss 2–3 Feb 2018 Sofia Open, Bulgaria 250 Series Hard (i)   Alexander Peya   Robin Haase
  Matwé Middelkoop
7–5, 4–6, [4–10]
Loss 2–4 Feb 2018 Rio Open, Brazil 500 Series Clay   Alexander Peya   David Marrero
  Fernando Verdasco
7–5, 5–7, [8–10]
Win 3–4 Apr 2018 Grand Prix Hassan II, Morocco 250 Series Clay   Alexander Peya   Benoît Paire
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
7–5, 3–6, [10–7]
Loss 3–5 May 2018 Bavarian Championships, Germany 250 Series Clay   Alexander Peya   Ivan Dodig
  Rajeev Ram
3–6, 5–7
Win 4–5 May 2018 Madrid Open, Spain Masters 1000 Clay   Alexander Peya   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
5–3, ret.
Win 5–5 Feb 2019 Sofia Open, Bulgaria 250 Series Hard (i)   Jürgen Melzer   Hsieh Cheng-peng
  Christopher Rungkat
6–2, 4–6, [10–2]
Win 6–5 Mar 2019 Indian Wells Masters, US Masters 1000 Hard   Horacio Zeballos   Łukasz Kubot
  Marcelo Melo
4–6, 6–4, [10–3]
Win 7–5 Apr 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Masters 1000 Clay   Franko Škugor   Robin Haase
  Wesley Koolhof
6–7(3–7), 7–6(7–3), [11–9]
Loss 7–6 Oct 2019 Japan Open, Japan 500 Series Hard   Franko Škugor   Nicolas Mahut
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
6–7(7–9), 4–6
Loss 7–7 Feb 2020 Open 13, France 250 Series Hard (i)   Wesley Koolhof   Nicolas Mahut
  Vasek Pospisil
3–6, 4–6
Loss 7–8 Sep 2020 US Open, US Grand Slam Hard   Wesley Koolhof   Mate Pavić
  Bruno Soares
5–7, 3–6
Win 8–8 Nov 2020 ATP Finals, UK Tour Finals Hard (i)   Wesley Koolhof   Jürgen Melzer
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
6–2, 3–6, [10–5]
Win 9–8 Jan 2021 Antalya Open, Turkey 250 Series Hard   Mate Pavić   Ivan Dodig
  Filip Polášek
6–2, 6–4
Win 10–8 Feb 2021 Murray River Open, Australia 250 Series Hard   Mate Pavić   Jérémy Chardy
  Fabrice Martin
7–6(7–2), 6–3
Win 11–8 Mar 2021 Rotterdam Open, Netherlands 500 Series Hard (i)   Mate Pavić   Kevin Krawietz
  Horia Tecău
7–6(9–7), 6–2
Loss 11–9 Mar 2021 Dubai Tennis Championships, UAE 500 Series Hard   Mate Pavić   Juan Sebastián Cabal
  Robert Farah
6–7(0–7), 6–7(4–7)
Win 12–9 Apr 2021 Miami Open, US Masters 1000 Hard   Mate Pavić   Dan Evans
  Neal Skupski
6–4, 6–4
Win 13–9 Apr 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco (2) Masters 1000 Clay   Mate Pavić   Dan Evans
  Neal Skupski
6–3, 4–6, [10–7]
Loss 13–10 May 2021 Madrid Open, Spain Masters 1000 Clay   Mate Pavić   Marcel Granollers
  Horacio Zeballos
6–1, 3–6, [8–10]
Win 14–10 May 2021 Italian Open, Italy Masters 1000 Clay   Mate Pavić   Rajeev Ram
  Joe Salisbury
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Win 15–10 Jun 2021 Eastbourne International, UK 250 Series Grass   Mate Pavić   Rajeev Ram
  Joe Salisbury
6–4, 6–3
Win 16–10 Jul 2021 Wimbledon Championships, UK Grand Slam Grass   Mate Pavić   Marcel Granollers
  Horacio Zeballos
6–4, 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 7–5
Win 17–10 Jul 2021 Olympics Games, Japan Olympics Hard   Mate Pavić   Ivan Dodig
  Marin Čilić
6–4, 3–6, [10–6]
Loss 17–11 Aug 2021 Canadian Open, Canada Masters 1000 Hard   Mate Pavić   Rajeev Ram
  Joe Salisbury
3–6, 6–4, [3–10]

ATP Challenger and ITF Future titlesEdit

Singles (15)Edit

Challengers (0)
Futures (15)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 25 May 2008 Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina Clay   Dennis Blömke 6–2, 6–3
2. 10 May 2009 Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina Clay   Ivan Bjelica 7–6, 4–6, 6–3
3. 31 May 2009 Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina Clay   Aleksander Slović 7–6, 7–5
4. 23 August 2009 Vinkovci, Croatia Clay   Ismar Gorčić 7–6, 7–6
5. 30 August 2009 Čakovec, Croatia Clay   Attila Balázs 6–3, 7–5
6. 6 September 2009 Osijek, Croatia Clay   Aldin Šetkić 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
7. 6 June 2010 Rogaška Slatina, Slovenia Clay   Denys Molchanov 6–3, 4–2 ret.
8. 18 July 2010 Fano, Italy Clay   Stefano Ianni 6–2, 6–0
9. 27 February 2011 Zagreb, Croatia Clay   Michael Lammer 7–6, ret.
10. 27 May 2012 Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina Clay   Marin Bradarić 5–7, 7–5, 6–0
11. 3 June 2012 Bled, Slovenia Clay   Marcel Zimmermann 1–6, 6–2, 6–4
12. 29 September 2013 Sokobanja, Serbia Clay   Marc Rath 6–6, 5–2, ret.
13. 13 October 2013 Solin, Croatia Clay   Mate Delić 7–6, 7–6
14. 2 March 2014 Trento, Italy Carpet   Roman Jebavý 6–3, 5–7, 6–1
15. 26 October 2014 Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic Carpet   Jan Hernych 6–4, 6–4

Doubles (15)Edit

Challengers (9)
Futures (6)

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS P NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the end of 2021 Davis Cup Finals.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A A 3R 2R 3R 2R SF 0 / 5 10–5
French Open A A A A A A A A A A A 1R SF 1R SF A 0 / 4 8–4
Wimbledon A A A A A A A A A A 1R SF 3R 3R NH W 1 / 4 14–4
US Open A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 3R 2R F 1R 0 / 5 7–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 6–4 9–4 5–4 9–3 10–2 1 / 19 39–18
Year-end championship
ATP Finals Did Not Qualify RR DNQ W SF 1 / 3 6–5
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 1R W NH QF 1 / 4 7–3
Miami Open A A A A A A A A A A A QF QF 2R NH W 1 / 4 10–3
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A A A A A W NH W 2 / 2 9–0
Madrid Open A A A A A A A A A A A A W 2R NH F 1 / 3 9–2
Italian Open A A A A A A A A A A A 2R 1R 2R 2R W 1 / 5 8–4
Canadian Open A A A A A A A A A A A 1R SF 1R NH F 0 / 4 6–4
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 1R QF 1R QF 2R 0 / 5 4–4
Shanghai Masters Not Held A A A A A A A A 1R QF 1R NH 0 / 3 1–3
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 2R 1R QF 2R 0 / 5 2–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–7 14–6 13–7 4–3 22–5 6 / 35 55–28
National representation
Davis Cup A A A A A PO A A A A A 1R W RR RR 1 / 5 4–1
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held A Not Held A Not Held G 1 / 1 5–0
Career statistics
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Career
Tournaments 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 5 28 28 28 13 19 114
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 1 9 17
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 4 3 12 28
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 4–5 34–26 45–26 34–26 26–14 62–13 205–117
Year-end ranking 1430 755 517 442 265 670 236 261 276 177 74 32 13 15 8 63.66%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP Rankings
  2. ^ "Mektić biography at ITF". Retrieved 2010-07-15.
  3. ^ https://www.atptour.com/en/news/miami-2021-doubles-final
  4. ^ "Mektic/Pavic Clinch Monte-Carlo Crown; Fifth Doubles Title Of Year". ATP Tour. 2021. Retrieved 2021-04-18.
  5. ^ "Granollers/Zeballos Fight Back for Madrid Doubles Crown | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  6. ^ "Nikola Mektic, Mate Pavic Win Sixth Trophy of Season in Rome | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  7. ^ "Nikola Mektic/MatePavic Capture First Grand Slam Title at Wimbledon | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  8. ^ "Nikola Mektic & Mate Pavic Capture Olympic Gold in Tokyo | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  9. ^ "Gold Medal Match Between Croatian Players for the First Time Ever!".
  10. ^ "Nikola Mektić becomes world No.1 doubles player – second Croatian in history | Croatia Week". 18 October 2021.

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