Mate Pavić

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Mate Pavić
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Country (sports) Croatia
ResidenceFreeport, Bahamas
Born (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 27)
Split, Croatia
Height1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro2011
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJohn Farrington
Nađa Pavić
Prize money$3,404,801
Singles
Career record3–10 (23.1%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 295 (6 May 2013)
Doubles
Career record260–151 (63.3%)
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 1 (21 May 2018)
Current rankingNo. 4 (9 November 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2018)
French OpenF (2018, 2020)
WimbledonF (2017)
US OpenW (2020)
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: 23 November 2020.

Mate Pavić (Croatian pronunciation: [mǎːte pǎːʋitɕ];[1][2] born 4 July 1993) is a Croatian professional tennis player specialising in doubles. He reached the final of all four men's dobules Grand Slams tournaments, winning the 2018 Australian Open and the 2020 US Open. [3] Pavić also reached the 2017 Wimbledon Championships men's doubles finals, and the 2018 French Open men's doubles finals. 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].

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]

Early and personal life[edit]

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 career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

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 career[edit]

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 title[edit]

Pavić won his first ATP doubles title at ATP Nice Open in May 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 ranking[edit]

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 finished the season at no. 17.

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 final. 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, Pavić became the No. 1 ranked player in the world in doubles, and spend 8 weeks at the top. He was the youngest No. 1 doubles player in the world since Todd Woodbridge in 1996.[9] Pavić and Marach also made it to the 2018 French Open final, 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. They bounced back by reaching the China Open final in October (l. to Kubot and Melo). Pavić finished the 2018 season at no. 3.

After the 2019 French Open, Marach and Pavić terminated their partnership and Mate teamed with Bruno Soares and won his first Masters title at Shanghai Masters in October 2019. The same month they reached the final of Stockholm Open, and Pavić briefly returned to top 10 rankings, but finished 2019 season ranked 18th in the world. In September 2020 Pavić and Soares won the US Open Men's Doubles tournament. It was the second men's doubles Grand Slam title of Pavić's career. They followed it with a run to the 2020 Rolex Paris Masters final where they lost after having 5 match points.

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam tournament finals[edit]

Doubles: 5 (2 title, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2017 Wimbledon Grass Austria Oliver Marach Poland Łukasz Kubot
Brazil Marcelo Melo
7–5, 5–7, 6–7(2–7), 6–3, 11–13
Winner 2018 Australian Open Hard Austria Oliver Marach Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2018 French Open Clay Austria Oliver Marach France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Nicolas Mahut
2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 2020 US Open Hard Brazil Bruno Soares Netherlands Wesley Koolhof
Croatia Nikola Mektić
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2020 French Open Clay Brazil Bruno Soares Germany Kevin Krawietz
Germany Andreas Mies
3–6, 5–7

Mixed doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

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

Masters 1000 finals[edit]

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2018 Monte-Carlo Masters Clay Austria Oliver Marach United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 3–6
Winner 2019 Shanghai Masters Hard Brazil Bruno Soares Poland Łukasz Kubot
Brazil Marcelo Melo
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 2020 Paris Masters Hard (i) Brazil Bruno Soares Canada Félix Auger-Aliassime
Poland Hubert Hurkacz
7–6(7–3), 6–7(7–9), [2–10]

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 39 (17 titles, 22 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2–3)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (1–2)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–4)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (13–13)
Finals by surface
Hard (11–11)
Clay (5–7)
Grass (1–4)
Carpet (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (13–14)
Indoor (4–8)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2012 Zagreb Indoors, Croatia 250 Series Hard (i) Croatia Ivan Dodig Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
2–6, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Feb 2013 Zagreb Indoors, Croatia 250 Series Hard (i) Croatia Ivan Dodig Austria Julian Knowle
Slovakia Filip Polášek
3–6, 3–6
Loss 0–3 Jan 2014 Chennai Open, India 250 Series Hard Croatia Marin Draganja Sweden Johan Brunström
Denmark Frederik Nielsen
2–6, 6–4, [7–10]
Win 1–3 May 2015 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, France 250 Series Clay New Zealand Michael Venus Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
7–6(7–4), 2–6, [10–7]
Loss 1–4 Jul 2015 Hall of Fame Championships, United States 250 Series Grass United States Nicholas Monroe United Kingdom Jonathan Marray
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
6–4, 3–6, [8–10]
Loss 1–5 Jul 2015 Colombia Open, Colombia 250 Series Hard New Zealand Michael Venus France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
5–7, 3–6
Loss 1–6 Oct 2015 Stockholm Open, Sweden 250 Series Hard (i) New Zealand Michael Venus United States Nicholas Monroe
United States Jack Sock
5–7, 2–6
Win 2–6 Jan 2016 Auckland Open, New Zealand 250 Series Hard New Zealand Michael Venus United States Eric Butorac
United States Scott Lipsky
7–5, 6–4
Win 3–6 Feb 2016 Open Sud de France, France 250 Series Hard (i) New Zealand Michael Venus Germany Alexander Zverev
Germany Mischa Zverev
7–5, 7–6(7–4)
Win 4–6 Feb 2016 Open 13, France 250 Series Hard (i) New Zealand Michael Venus Israel Jonathan Erlich
United Kingdom Colin Fleming
6–2, 6–3
Loss 4–7 May 2016 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, France 250 Series Clay New Zealand Michael Venus Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
6–4, 4–6, [8–10]
Win 5–7 Jun 2016 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands 250 Series Grass New Zealand Michael Venus United Kingdom Dominic Inglot
South Africa Raven Klaasen
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Loss 5–8 Jul 2016 Swiss Open, Switzerland 250 Series Clay New Zealand Michael Venus Chile Julio Peralta
Argentina Horacio Zeballos
6–7(2–7), 2–6
Loss 5–9 Sep 2016 Moselle Open, France 250 Series Hard (i) New Zealand Michael Venus Chile Julio Peralta
Argentina Horacio Zeballos
3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 5–10 Oct 2016 Stockholm Open, Sweden 250 Series Hard (i) New Zealand Michael Venus Sweden Elias Ymer
Sweden Mikael Ymer
1–6, 1–6
Win 6–10 Apr 2017 Grand Prix Hassan II, Morocco 250 Series Clay United Kingdom Dominic Inglot Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Marc López
6–4, 2–6, [11–9]
Loss 6–11 Jun 2017 Stuttgart Open, Germany 250 Series Grass Austria Oliver Marach United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Brazil Bruno Soares
7–6(7–4), 5–7, [5–10]
Loss 6–12 Jun 2017 Antalya Open, Turkey 250 Series Grass Austria Oliver Marach Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
5–7, 1–4 ret.
Loss 6–13 Jul 2017 Wimbledon Championships, United Kingdom Grand Slam Grass Austria Oliver Marach Poland Łukasz Kubot
Brazil 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 Croatia Ivan Dodig Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
Spain Marc López
6–3, 6–4
Win 8–13 Oct 2017 Stockholm Open, Sweden 250 Series Hard (i) Austria Oliver Marach Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
3–6, 7–6(8–6), [10–4]
Win 9–13 Jan 2018 Qatar Open, Qatar 250 Series Hard Austria Oliver Marach United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–2, 7–6(8–6)
Win 10–13 Jan 2018 Auckland Open, New Zealand (2) 250 Series Hard Austria Oliver Marach Belarus Max Mirnyi
Austria Philipp Oswald
6–4, 5–7, [10–7]
Win 11–13 Jan 2018 Australian Open, Australia Grand Slam Hard Austria Oliver Marach Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
6–4, 6–4
Loss 11–14 Feb 2018 Rotterdam Open, Netherlands 500 Series Hard (i) Austria Oliver Marach France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Nicolas Mahut
6–2, 2–6, [7–10]
Loss 11–15 Apr 2018 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Masters 1000 Clay Austria Oliver Marach United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 3–6
Win 12–15 May 2018 Geneva Open, Switzerland 250 Series Clay Austria Oliver Marach Croatia Ivan Dodig
United States Rajeev Ram
3–6, 7–6(7–3), [11–9]
Loss 12–16 Jun 2018 French Open, France Grand Slam Clay Austria Oliver Marach France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Nicolas Mahut
2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 12–17 Jul 2018 German Open, Germany 500 Series Clay Austria Oliver Marach Chile Julio Peralta
Argentina Horacio Zeballos
1–6, 6–4, [6–10]
Win 13–17 Sep 2018 Chengdu Open, China 250 Series Hard Croatia Ivan Dodig United States Austin Krajicek
India Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
6–2, 6–4
Loss 13–18 Oct 2018 China Open, China 500 Series Hard Austria Oliver Marach Poland Łukasz Kubot
Brazil Marcelo Melo
1–6, 4–6
Win 14–18 May 2019 Geneva Open, Switzerland (2) 250 Series Clay Austria Oliver Marach Australia Matthew Ebden
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
6–4, 6–4
Win 15–18 Oct 2019 Shanghai Masters, China Masters 1000 Hard Brazil Bruno Soares Poland Łukasz Kubot
Brazil Marcelo Melo
6–4, 6–2
Loss 15–19 Oct 2019 Stockholm Open, Sweden 250 Series Hard (i) Brazil Bruno Soares Finland Henri Kontinen
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
4–6, 2–6
Win 16–19 Feb 2020 Open Sud de France, France (2) 250 Series Hard (i) Serbia Nikola Ćaćić Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
United Kingdom Dominic Inglot
6–4, 6–7(4–7), [10–4]
Win 17–19 Sep 2020 US Open, United States Grand Slam Hard Brazil Bruno Soares Netherlands Wesley Koolhof
Croatia Nikola Mektić
7–5, 6–3
Loss 17–20 Sep 2020 Hamburg Open, Germany 500 Series Clay Croatia Ivan Dodig Australia John Peers
New Zealand Michael Venus
3–6, 4–6
Loss 17–21 Oct 2020 French Open, France Grand Slam Clay Brazil Bruno Soares Germany Kevin Krawietz
Germany Andreas Mies
3–6, 5–7
Loss 17–22 Nov 2020 Paris Masters, France Masters 1000 Hard (i) Brazil Bruno Soares Canada Félix Auger-Aliassime
Poland Hubert Hurkacz
7–6(7–3), 6–7(7–9), [2–10]

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Current through the 2020 ATP Finals.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R W 2R 3R 1 / 7 10–6
French Open A A A 3R 1R 1R 2R F 3R F 0 / 7 15–7
Wimbledon A A A 3R 3R 3R F 1R 2R NH 0 / 6 12–6
US Open A A A 2R 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R W 1 / 7 11–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 6–4 3–4 3–4 8–4 11–3 5–4 12–2 2 / 27 48–25
Year-end championship
ATP Finals Did Not Qualify RR RR DNQ RR 0 / 3 4–3
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A SF SF NH 0 / 2 6–2
Miami Open A A A A A A 1R QF QF NH 0 / 3 4–3
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A F 2R NH 0 / 2 3–2
Madrid Open A A A A A A 2R A QF NH 0 / 2 3–2
Italian Open A A A A A A 2R QF SF QF 0 / 4 7–4
Canadian Open A A A A A A SF SF 1R NH 0 / 3 3–3
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A 2R 2R SF 1R 0 / 4 3–4
Shanghai Masters A A A A A SF QF SF W NH 1 / 4 11–3
Paris Masters A A A A A A 1R SF 1R F 0 / 4 5–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 5–7 13–7 19–8 5–3 1 / 28 45–26
National representation
Davis Cup A A PO Z1 A A A W RR P 0 / 2 0–4
Career statistics
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 4 3 5 2 2 17
Finals 0 1 1 1 4 8 6 10 3 4 38
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 5–2 5–4 18–18 19–16 39–22 47–27 56–21 41–26 30–15 260–151
Year-end ranking 379 130 71 56 54 29 17 3 18 4 63%

References[edit]

  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.
  9. ^ Marzorati, Gerald. "The Relative Obscurity of Mate Pavic, the Best Young Doubles Player in the World". The New Yorker. Retrieved 10 September 2020.

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Poland Łukasz Kubot &
Brazil Marcelo Melo
ATP Doubles Team of the Year
(with Austria Oliver Marach)

2018
Succeeded by
Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal &
Colombia Robert Farah