Dodig/Chan Win Roland Garros Mixed Doubles Title
Three years after his men’s doubles triumph in Paris, Ivan Dodig lifted the mixed doubles trophy at Roland Garros. The Croatian teamed up with Latisha Chan to prevail against top seeds Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowski 6-1, 6-7(5), 10-8 in a No. 1 vs No. 2 final on Thursday.
"[It's a] great feeling. I have great memories from Paris, one doubles and now mixed," said Dodig.
The 33-year-old Dodig, who won alongside Marcelo Melo in 2015, claimed his first mixed doubles title following runner-up finishes with Sania Maria at the 2017 Australian Open and 2016 Roland Garros. Chan, the 2017 US Open women's doubles champion with Martina Hingis, also claimed her first title in mixed doubles; she had previously reached the 2011 Australian Open final with Paul Hanley.
Pavic and Dabrowski, the reigning Australian Open champions, had come from 1-5 down in the second-set tie-break, winning six straight points to extend the match.
"I think we were much better team, first set and second set, all the time [we were] leading, we had control. And then suddenly [they] won two points and things changed," said Dodig. "And then suddenly you're in situation where you're fighting for every point, and [in the Match] Tie-break sometimes one or two balls can decide the winner. It was not easy. Actually in the end was very stressful... I'm just happy that we won."