Mektic and Melzer triumph at Sofia Open 2019 Doubles

Nikola Mektic and Jurgen Melzer won their first ATP Tour team final on Sunday. They defeated for the title another debutant team on a final – Cheng-Peng Hsieh and Christopher Rungkat 6:2, 4:6, 10:2 in just an hour and 7 minutes.

The Chinese Taipei-Indonesian duo arrived in Bulgaria fresh off two straight-sets first-round losses at ATP Challenger Tour events. But they have found their best level this week, advancing to the championship match without dropping a set. Not only has the pair never made a tour-level final together before this, but it is also Hsieh and Rungkat’s maiden ATP Tour championship match individually.

The double M team – Mektic and Meltzer, has much more experience together as a team. They first played together in 2018 at US Open and already have 7 wins and 2 defeats, including the tournament in Sofia. Sofia Open was their third event together, as they reached the third round at US Open and quarterfinals at Moscow 2018.

Mektic has a little bit more experience in Sofia after playing the final last year, teamed with Aleksander Peya (l. to Haase / Middlekoop). This is his third ATP Doubles title, including winning his first-ever Masters 1000 title at Madrid.

Melzer is pretty much more experienced, and he has won 2 Grand Slam titles (2010 Wimbledon and 2011 US Open). The match in Sofia was his 31st career final and he has won 14 of them.