Pavic, Mektic win all-Croatia doubles final to claim historic Olympic gold

Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic beat compatriots Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 to become the first Croatians ever to win an Olympic gold medal in tennis

Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic

With four players from the same nation in the final, Croatia were always guaranteed a first ever Olympic gold medallist in tennis but it was Pavic and Mektic who took the glory.

The No 1 seeds made a fast start and though Dodig and Cilic hit back to level, Pavic and Mektic raced ahead in the deciding match tiebreak, eventually taking it 10-6 to take the gold.

Goran Ivanisevic won Croatia’s only previous medal, with a bronze in 1992.

Earlier, Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus also made history as they won bronze for New Zealand, their 7-6, 6-2 win over Tennys Sandgren and Austin Krajicek of the USA giving their country its first Olympic tennis medal since 1912.

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