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Kontinen/Peers reclaim doubles crown

7 January 2018, by Chris Byrne

The top-seeded pairing of Australian John Peers and Finn Henri Kontinen have outplayed Argentinian pair Leonardo Mayer and Horacio Zeballos to win the Brisbane International doubles title on Sunday.

It took a match tie-break to decide the championship after the Argentinian pair took the first set, the only set 29-year-old Peers and 27-year-old Kontinen lost on their way to the title.

The reigning Australian Open champions, who have won 11 of their 12 finals together, bounced back with some textbook doubles play, racing home to take the match 3-6, 6-3, 10-2.

“I know the guys have been struggling in the heat this week,” Peers said during the trophy presentation.

“I know a lot of the players really look forward to coming back to Brisbane each year. A lot of them come out of the snow … I think Henri’s temperature difference is normally something like 60 degrees.”

The win is the third Brisbane title for Melburnian Peers, a fine start to his 2018 campaign with Kontinen. He won the title with Jamie Murray in 2015 and with Kontinen in 2016.

“Thanks Konti,” Peers said. “The start of another year together that should be a lot of fun, it’s a good way to start the year here in Brisbane.”