Australian Open 2018: Mate Pavic-Gabriela Dabrowski pip Rohan Bopanna-Timea Babos to win mixed doubles title
Mate Pavic collected two Grand Slam titles within 24 hours after winning the Australian Open mixed doubles.
Melbourne: Mate Pavic collected two Grand Slam titles within 24 hours after winning the Australian Open mixed doubles.
Pavic and Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski saved a championship point before combining to beat Rohan Bopanna of India and Timea Babos of Hungary 2-6, 6-4, 11-9 under a closed roof on Sunday at Rod Laver Arena.
Pavic teamed with Austrian Oliver Marach to win the men's doubles title on Saturday night, in the match that followed Caroline Wozniacki's win over Simona Halep in the women's singles final.
It was the second career major for Dabrowski, who became the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam title last year when she won the French Open mixed championship with Bopanna.
She and Pavic were combining for the first time in Australia, and they hadn't dropped a set on the way to the final.
Babos, who won the women's doubles title on Friday, and Bopanna were seemingly in control of the final, which was played indoors after organizers enforced the tournament's extreme heat policy as the temperature neared 40 Celsius.
But Pavic and Dabrowski recovered to level the match in the second set and then raced to a 6-3 lead in the deciding extended tiebreaker.
Osaka has never won a tour-level event on clay court while at the French Open, she is yet to make it past the third round.
Nadal is hoping to clinch a 14th Roland Garros title and record-setting 21st major in the French capital next month.
Currently ranked second in doubles and 52nd in singles, Strycova, 35, won the Wimbledon doubles title with Hsieh Su-wei in 2019 and reached the singles semi-finals there the same year, her best Grand Slam results ever.