Champions in 2017, Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot came very close to securing a place in the Wimbledon semifinals, but ended up taking an incredible comeback for title favorites Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic. After opening 2-0, the Brazilian and the Polish saw the Croatians react and triumph by 3 sets to 2, partials of 3/6, 4/6, 6/4, 7/6 (4) and 6/4, in 3h41 of battle.
Pavic and Mektic have been having a spectacular season so far. There are already seven titles in 2021. Marcelo Melo, in turn, is now focusing on the competition for the Tokyo Olympics, where he will represent Brazil alongside Bruno Soares.
Melo and Kubot at Wimbledon 2021 — Photo: Julian Finney / Getty Images
Melo and Kubot’s first set was flawless. Faced with the best pair of the tournament, the two were firm in the returns and did not give a chance in their serve games – they lost only three points in the entire partial. Committing an unforced error throughout the set, the Brazilian and the Polish managed to break the service and, from there, controlled the advantage on the scoreboard to close in 6/3 and start ahead.
The momentum continued in the second set, where Melo and Kubot already broke in the third game and quickly opened 3/1. It was then that the jackpot came. After a firm serve from the opponent, Kubot ended up delaying the return and hit the Brazilian in the back, who felt a lot of pain and needed a few seconds to recover.
Marcelo Melo takes a jackpot from his partner at Wimbledon
The pain did not hinder the pair, who continued to control the actions and remained firm in the service games. Pavic and Mektic even tried but didn’t break the break and saw Melo and Kubot close the second set in 6/4, opening 2-0 in the game.
The third partial was quite balanced. Despite the Brazilian and Polish pressing with excellent returns and getting chances of breaking, the Croatians saved themselves several times and kept the match evenly at all times. In the end, they reaped the fruits. Taking advantage of the opportunity they had in the tenth game, Pavic and Mektic made 6/4 and gained a survival in the match.
The dispute continued in the fourth set, which despite having been here and there, ended without any break. The Brazilian and the Polish suffered in some games – one of them lasting more than 10 minutes -, but took the decision to the tie-break, where the Croatians opened 3-0 and asserted the advantage obtained to make 7/6 ( 7-4), tying the confrontation.
In the last set, whoever was more surgical triumphed. Melo and Kubot came to have 15-30 in their opponents’ serve on two occasions, but bump into the very high level of Pavic, world number one. As in the third round, the Croatians took a break in the final games and, serving masterfully, closed in 6/4 and decreed a spectacular comeback.
In the semis, Croatians Pavic and Mektic will face the winners of the duel between Colombians Cabal and Farah, seeded number 3, and the American Rajeev Ram and the British Joe Salisbury.
In a game that started yesterday, was paralyzed due to rain and resumed this Tuesday (6), Russian Daniil Medvedev (#2) was surprised and said goodbye to the Wimbledon tournament. His tormentor was the Polish Hubert Hurcakz (#18), who triumphed by 3 sets to 2, turnaround, partials of 2/6, 7/6 (2), 3/6, 6/3 and 6/3, in 3h02 of departure. With the result, he advances to face Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.
Hurkacz elimina Medvedev em Wimbledon — Foto: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
Playing the Salzburg Challenger after his crash at Wimbledon, Thiago Monteiro (#81) suffered yet another elimination on his debut. His tormentor was the Chilean Nicolás Jarry, former top 40 and currently #309 in the world, who triumphed by 2 sets to 1, turnaround, partial 6/7 (2), 7/6 (4) and 7/6 ( 4), in a battle of 3:17. The Brazilian now heads to the ATP 250 dispute in Bastad and then to the Tokyo Olympics.