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Nikola Mektić (born 24 December 1988) is a Croatian professional tennis player who specializes in doubles. He reached the semifinals of the Men's Doubles 2017 Wimbledon Championships and the Men's Doubles 2018 French Open. He also won the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open Masters 1000 event. In March 2019, Mektić achieved his highest career ranking at No. 6 after winning his second Masters 1000 event at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Nikola Mektić
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Country (sports) Croatia
ResidenceZagreb, Croatia
Born (1988-12-24) 24 December 1988 (age 30)
Zagreb, Yugoslavia
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2006
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,812,469
Singles
Career record3–8 (27.3% 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 record107–75 (58.8% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles7
Highest rankingNo. 5 (22 April 2019)
Current rankingNo. 9 (13 May 2019)[1]
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2017, 2019)
French OpenSF (2018)
WimbledonSF (2017)
US Open3R (2018)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (2018)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
French OpenQF (2019)
Wimbledon3R (2017)
US OpenF (2018)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2018)
Last updated on: 29 May 2019.

Contents

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. He supports LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA).

CareerEdit

After toiling on the ATP challenger tour for a better part of a decade and achieving a career high ranking of 213 in singles (on May 6, 2013) [2], in 2016 he decided to focus on doubles. The same year Mektić reached his first ATP men's doubles finals at the Croatia Open in Umag. Since then, he has won six ATP men's doubles titles, including two Masters 1000 titles at Madrid (2018) and Indian Wells (2019). 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.

Significant finalsEdit

Grand Slam tournament finalsEdit

Mixed doubles: 1 (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]

Masters 1000 finalsEdit

Doubles: 3 (3 titles)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]

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 12 (7 titles, 5 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (3–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (4–4)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–2)
Clay (3–3)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (5–4)
Indoor (2–1)
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,
United States
250 Series Hard (i)   Brian Baker   Ryan Harrison
  Steve Johnson
6–3, 6–4
Win 2–1 Apr 2017 Hungarian Open,
Hungary
250 Series Hard   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,
United States
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]

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# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (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 medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (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 2019 French Open.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A A 3R 2R 3R 0 / 3 5–3
French Open A A A A A A A A A A A 1R SF 1R 0 / 3 4–3
Wimbledon A A A A A A A A A A 1R SF 3R 0 / 3 6–3
US Open A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 3R 0 / 2 2–2
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 2–2 0 / 11 17–11
Year-end championship
ATP Finals Did Not Qualify RR 0 / 1 0–2
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 1R W 1 / 3 5–2
Miami Open A A A A A A A A A A A QF QF 2R 0 / 3 5–3
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A A A A A W 1 / 1 5–0
Madrid Open A A A A A A A A A A A A W 2R 1 / 2 6–1
Italian Open A A A A A A A A A A A 2R 1R 2R 0 / 3 2–3
Canadian Open A A A A A A A A A A A 1R SF 0 / 2 3–2
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 1R QF 0 / 2 2–1
Shanghai Masters Not Held A A A A A A A A 1R QF 0 / 2 1–2
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2
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 13–3 3 / 20 30–16
National representation
Davis Cup A A A A A PO A A A A A 1R W 0 / 1 3–0
Career statistics
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 5 28 28 14 82
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 7
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 3 12
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 24–11 107–75
Year-end ranking 1430 755 517 442 265 670 236 261 276 177 74 32 13 58.79%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP Rankings
  2. ^ "Mektić biography at ITF". Retrieved 2010-07-15.

External linksEdit