‘Not bad for a first one’: Mektic on winning maiden ATP Finals title with partner Koolhof

Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic picked the right time to win their first title as a doubles pair, triumphing at the ATP Finals in London

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ATP Finals doubles winners, Nikola Mektic and Wesley Koolhof.

Dutch-Croatian duo Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic claimed their first title together by winning the ATP Finals on Sunday, edging past Austrian-French duo Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 in London’s O2 Arena.

The fifth seeds proved a case of things getting lucky the third time, as the duo had earlier lost in the finals at Marseille and the US Open.

“It is a dream come true!” : Wesley Koolhof

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Nikola Mektic and Wesley Koolhof

The pair has been consistent with their level of returns to break serves. Which is what played the key element in their triumph at Sunday’s finals.

“[It is] a dream come true to have qualified here for this event,” said Koolhof.

“It’s [an] unbelievable feeling,” Mektic said after the match. “It’s not just the way to finish this year. This is something to remember throughout the whole life.

The ATP Finals was the duo’s first title together after joining forces in January.

On the pair’s first championship point, Melzer struck a double fault to end the match.

Croatia’s Mektic said the title was a “dream come true”. “It’s our first title together, not bad for a first one. It’s been a great tournament for us and amazing way to finish the year.”

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