Nikola Mektic and Jurgen Melzer: Our efforts paid off

Sofia Open 2019 Doubles Champions Nikola Mektic and Jurgen Melzer press conference:

Congratulations, this is your first trophy together, how you feel?

Nikola Mektic (NM): What to say, obviously we are very happy. It is the first title for us playing together. It was not very easy. We had some very difficult matches. We saved two match balls in a few matches but we fought every match till the end.  And this paid off.

Jurgen Meltzer (JM): Of course, we are very happy. Especially me. I have been way back in the ranking having few chances to play ATP 250 tournaments and now I am winning one. So I got to thank my partner for showing here and playing with me. We had to save three match balls against the Italians, so we are very happy in the end to be sitting here and lifting the trophy.

Do you have plans to go and play together in any other tournaments?

NM: Actually, not. Definitely not in the next few months. As Jurgen said, his ranking is not high enough. My ranking is higher and I can play the biggest tournaments. But whenever there is a chance we may play together in ATP 250s and ATP 500s.

Jurgen, you played here because Aleksander Peya is injured. Did it worth the efforts?

JM: Of course. I enjoyed it. The weeks that we played together – at the US Open and Moscow, and here – I enjoyed every week. For me, it is an opportunity to play bigger tournaments. And if I can fill in a good friend of mine like Aleksander Peya I will be happy to do that.