28/01/2018 – The Canadian-Croatian pair came back from a set down.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN (55 000 000 AUD, HARD COURT), MIXED DOUBLES, FINAL|
|Gabriela Dabrowski, Mate Pavić (Canadian, Croatian, 8)-Tímea Babos, Rohan Bopanna (Hungarian, Indian, 5) 2:6, 6:4, 11-9|
The final lasted 1 hour 8 minutes in Melbourne.
“I’m sorry, after all, We lost the final from a match point. But it was also an incredible Australian Open. I’m so happy I’m playing well today. I’m sorry for the last match. But you should not forget the past two weeks. I do not have a lot of time, because after the doping test We leave for the airport immediately. Next week, I will be in Taipei for the Taiwan Open. There was not a lot of time for the celebration after the Friday’s match. Such is life, We have to go further” – said the Hungarian player.
Babos was the first Hungarian to play two finals in adults at a Grand Slam tournament and had a big chance for a Victory Double. She came close with Rohan Bopanna, but they did not lived with the chances. Finally, the Saturday’s Men’s Doubles Champion Mate Pavić and Gabriela Dabrowski triumphed.
In the 25-minute set, the Hungarian-Indian pair played with a great comfort, they had the upper hand. After 2:1, Babos and Bopanna won Dabrowski’s serve to 30, then kept that lead.
In the eighth game, the fifth ranked team led 40-0 as a receiver and they used the third set point.
The 31-minute second act brought a big change. Dabrowski has been thoroughly improved behind her servs, and the Canadian-Croatian team caused a lot of trouble as a receiver. After 1:1, the Hungarian player saved her serve from 0-40, but she lost the next own game at 3:3.
In the tenth game, Pavić hold his serve to 15.
At the beginning of the decisive tie-break, the Canadian-Croatian double won Bopanna’s served and broke again to 6-3. Babos and her Indian partner came back and led 7-6, then had a match point at 9-8. Pavić won two points with great serves and Dabrowski finished the final with a great forehand at the Hungarian player’s serve.