“I used to be the one which stopped taking part in with my ex-partner, despite the fact that we completed as No. 1,” mentioned Pavic by video. “We had been simply considering otherwise about some issues, just like the event schedule. I used to be 27, he was 38 then. We had been at a special stage of our careers. However we completed No. 1, so there was no cause to assume we might not proceed taking part in collectively.”
Mektic, who started to concentrate on doubles 5 years in the past, was additionally stunned.
“I nonetheless really feel dangerous once I discuss it as a result of I had an excellent partnership with Wesley, and I’d have continued to play with him,” Mektic mentioned. “However when [Pavic] requested me, it was simply a type of issues I couldn’t say no to. He’s the very best participant on the earth and I believed this partnership could possibly be the very best staff on the earth. And I used to be form of proper what we’ve seen this far.”
Mektic and Pavic received their first 12 matches collectively earlier than being stopped within the semifinals of the Australian Open. They then notched an 18-match win streak from June to August.
Based on each gamers, there’s a high quality artwork to taking part in doubles.
“It’s a very totally different sport,” Pavic mentioned. “The singles guys are clearly higher tennis gamers. They hit the ball higher. However their understanding of the sport, positioning, being in the fitting place on the proper time on the courtroom, it’s simply not the identical in doubles.”
“It’s not all about forehands and backhands,” Mektic mentioned. “Tennis-wise and personality-wise some guys are very particular person, they usually have issues working along with somebody. Having good communication along with your associate positively helps.”
Mektic and Pavic are conscious that prime singles gamers earn extra prize cash, get prime-time courtroom publicity and obtain higher sponsorship perks. However in some methods being No. 1 in doubles is healthier than being Novak Djokovic, who’s ending 2021 ranked No. 1 in singles for a report seventh yr.
“It’s a special form of life that Novak and the opposite guys have, and I can’t even think about how it’s,” Mektic mentioned. “For us, you attain the highest of your sport, however you continue to stay the identical particular person and also you’re not that common. Persons are not going to cease you on the road and make you uncomfortable. In that sense, I prefer it this manner. I like that I can simply reside a standard life.”