Mektic/Pavic wins all-Croatian encounter for Olympic tennis men's doubles gold

Nikola Mektic, right, and Mate Pavic, of Croatia, bump fists during the quarterfinal round of men's doubles tennis competition against Kei Nishikori, and Ben McLachlan, of Japan, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: AP)

TOKYO, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Croatia's Nikola Mektic/Mate Pavic got past compatriots Marin Cilic/Ivan Dodig in full sets to claim the tennis men's doubles gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games here on Friday.

Mektic and Pavic took away the first set 6-4. After Cilic/Dodig leveled the score at 6-3, Mektic/Pavic emerged victorious in the deciding set at 10-6.

The bronze medal went to Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus, as they defeated Americans Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren 7-6(3), 6-2 to capture an historic first Olympic tennis medal for New Zealand.