Arevalo and Pavic claim victory over Bolelli and Vavassori in men’s French Open doubles final

PARIS (AP) — Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Mate Pavic of Croatia secured the men’s French Open doubles title by defeating Italians Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori 7-5, 6-3 in the final on Saturday.

Pavic achieved the feat of winning all four Grand Slam titles in men’s doubles and hurried to celebrate with his team on Court Philippe Chatrier.

“This is my first title here, so I’m very happy,” Pavic said. “It feels special. I lost in the final here twice.”

Arevalo proudly displayed a scarf with his country’s name, lifted it up, and cheered “Salvador, Salvador.” It marked Arevalo’s second men’s doubles title after his victory at Roland Garros in 2022 with Jean-Julien Rojer.

“I want to thank Mate for believing in me and trusting me to fight together. We did it together, man,” an emotional Arevalo expressed. “My second title here also feels special.”

Despite Pavic missing a simple volley with Arevalo serving for the match at 40-30, he made amends by saving a break point with a challenging smash down the middle while leaning backward.

They sealed victory on the second match point when Vavassori hit a forehand wide, and both Arevalo and Pavic fell to the red clay in celebration.

The 38-year-old Bolelli, a former singles player who achieved a highest ranking of No. 36, clinched the Australian Open men’s doubles title in 2015 alongside compatriot Fabio Fognini. He has reached the doubles semifinals at every Grand Slam tournament.

Vavassori, who was seeded 11th, has now lost in both major finals he has contested in men’s doubles.