Dabrowski/Pavic Capture Australian Open Mixed Doubles Crown
Pavic adds to his men's doubles crown (w/Marach)
Fifth seeds Pavic and Dabrowski scraped past India’s Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos of Hungary, the eighth seeds, 2-6, 6-4, 11-9 in 68 minutes under a closed roof on Rod Laver Arena. The tournament’s organisers had enforced the extreme heat policy as the temperature neared 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).
“It feels pretty good, I have to say,” Pavic said of his two titles this fortnight. “I did not imagine that I'm able to do that. If somebody would have told me, I wouldn't believe him.”
Pavic and Dabrowski won the first three points of the Match tie-break and failed to convert championship points at 6/4 and 8/7. At 6/6, Bopanna struck a forehand past Debrowski for a first championship point, but Pavic coolly hit two consecutive aces. Debrowski hit the winning stroke with a forehand return winner.