No hardware for 28 year-old Croatian tennis player Ivan Dodig at this year’s Wimbledon, but that doesn’t mean his efforts did not go unnoticed. After advancing to a career grand slam best 4th Round at the 2013 Wimbledon singles tournament, where he was eventually beaten by world #4 David Ferrer in four sets, Dodig and Brazilian partner Marcelo Melo went the distance in the doubles tournament. Dodig and Melo got to the men’s doubles final Saturday afternoon in London against perennial doubles powerhouse, Bob and Mike Bryan.
Dodig and Melo started off hot against the Bryan brothers, who already have 14 Grand Slam doubles titles to their name, winning the first five games of the first set, eventually winning 6-3. With their first ever Grand Slam title in sight, the Croatian/Brazilian tandem didn’t have the fortitude to pull out the win, however, losing the next three sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to the American twins.
It should still be considered a success by the doubles partners, especially for Dodig, who made a decent run on both fronts of Wimbledon. With Marin Čilić not being able to produce in Grand Slam events, usually making it to only the third or fourth round, was there a passing of the guard in Croatian tennis this tournament or should Čilić still be considered #1?