The duo of Croat Mate Pavic and Brazilian Bruno Soares have clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Doubles Team Ranking after a strong finish to the 2020 season. Two years ago, Pavic finished in top spot with Oliver Marach, while Soares partnered Jamie Murray in 2016 to become the year-end No. 1 team. The Croatian-Brazilian team, which completed Group Bob Bryan this week with a 2-1 record at The O2 in London, were assured of year-end No. 1 when Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin defeated Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury on Saturday in the semi-finals of the ATP Finals. Pavic and Soares had come into the season finale just 35 points ahead of second-placed Ram and Salisbury in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings.
“I am very happy for Bruno and myself to end the year No. 1, especially after everything that happened yesterday [when they won their final Group Bob Bryan match, but did not advance to the semi-finals].”, said Pavic.
The dynamic duo, who compiled a 4-5 match record this season prior to the five-month ATP Tour suspension, returned strongly to capture their first Grand Slam championship team trophy in September at the US Open (defeated Koolhof/Mektic). They went on to reach two finals in Paris — at Roland Garros (lost to Krawietz/Mies) in October and the Paris Masters (lost to Auger-Aliassime/Hurkacz) two weeks ago.
ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said: “The battle for the year-end No. 1 doubles team has been closer than ever this year, with all eight teams entering the season finale with a chance to claim top spot. Our congratulations to Mate and Bruno – finishing the year as No. 1 is the ultimate achievement in our sport. They should be very proud of their season and they fully deserve this accolade.
Melzer and Roger-Vasselin will face Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic in the title match of the ATP Finals on Sunday.