Melbourne, 21 February 2021 – The Croatian tennis player Ivan Dodig won the Grand Slam tournament in Men's Doubles for the second time in his trophy career. After his triumph at Roland Garros in 2015 (with Brazil's Marcelo Melo), Dodig also celebrated at this year's Australian Open, paired with Slovakian tennis player Filip Polašek.
For the first joint Grand Slam, Dodig and Polašek defeated defending champions Rajeev Ram (USA) and Joe Salisbury (UK) 6-3, 6-4 in the Australian Open finals. On their way to the finals, the winning duo was better than the great Croatian pair Mate Pavić, Nikola Mektić.
This is Dodig's fifth won Grand Slam in Doubles - in addition to two wins in men's, he has three wins in mixed competition, with Taiwan's Latisha Chan he won Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019 and Wimbledon in 2019 as well.
The President of the Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO) Zlatko Mateša and Secretary General Josip Čop congratulated Ivan Dodig on the new great triumph in his career:
With great play, you once again played till the end of tennis tournament in the category of the greatest and thus continued the Croatian tradition of top achievements in Doubles. On behalf of the Croatian Olympic Family and on our personal, we congratulate you on winning the Australian Open, with the wish for you to continue in such a way started year in the same winning rhythm. We also congratulate your co-player Filip Polašek.