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Mate Pavic and Nikola Cacic capture their first ATP Tour title as a team at the Open Sud de France on Sunday.

Pavic/Cacic Lift Title On Team Debut In Montpellier

Debut team dropped only one set en route to trophy

Nikola Cacic and Mate Pavic completed their team debut week with a trophy at the Open Sud de France, defeating Dominic Inglot and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-4, 6-7(4), 10-4.

The Serbian-Croatian team saved all four break points they faced and won 86 per cent of first-serve points (44/51) to take the title after 89 minutes. Cacic and Pavic dropped just one set en route to the trophy, which includes a straight-sets victory against top seeds Kevin Krawietz and Nicolas Mahut in the second round.

“It is the first time we were playing together,” said Pavic. “Considering that we were playing for the first time, I think we played good matches… We actually played all the matches pretty good. There was some good quality tennis and, in general, it was a good week.“

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Cacic improves to 2-0 in ATP Tour finals, having lifted his maiden crown at last year’s Chengdu Open (w/Lajovic). Pavic adds a 16th tour-level trophy to his collection and has now won an ATP Tour event in each of the past six seasons.

“At the last moment, he asked me to play… It was a great week,” said Cacic. “I think I played very good and I helped him a lot. He has much more experience in doubles. Going home with the title, I couldn’t be more happy.”

Inglot and Qureshi were appearing in their first final as a team, having joined forces at the start of the 2020 ATP Tour season. On their team debut, the British-Pakistani duo reached the ASB Classic quarter-finals (l. to Krajicek/Skugor).

Cacic and Pavic receive 250 FedEx ATP Doubles Ranking points and share €30,690. Inglot and Qureshi collect 150 points and split €15,730.