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H. Kontinen (FIN)
P. Herbert (FRA)
|H. Kontinen (FIN) (12)||4||6(1)|
|P. Herbert (FRA) ||6||7(7)|
|Set won by P. Herbert||6(1) - 7(7)||P. Herbert leads 0 to 2|
|Set won by P. Herbert||4 - 6||P. Herbert leads 0 to 1|
Aussie John Peers was unsuccessful in the Australian Open men’s doubles final, his pairing with Henri Kontinen defeated in straight sets by Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
Another grand slam title goes on the line this afternoon when Henri Kontinen and John Peers take on the French pairing of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the men’s doubles final. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from around 3pm (AEDT).
On the Australia Day weekend, we have the chance for more local success in the doubles events with John Peers taking part.
After a relatively poor 2018, Kontinen and Peers, the tournament’s 12th seeds, have the chance to repeat their 2017 Australian Open success.
They have enjoyed a great run through the tournament, not dropping a set.
The best of their wins would have been the 6-3 6-4 against the third seeds, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, at the quarter-final stage.
However, ranked 28th and 29th in the doubles rankings, Kontinen and Peers will go in as underdogs against the French pairing, ranked 11th and 12th.
Herbert and Mahut, the tournament’s fifth seeds, endured two three-set matches in the early rounds before hitting their straps at the business end.
They took our doubles legends, the Bryan brothers, in the quarterfinal before comfortably accounting for Ryan Harrison and Sam Querrey 6-4 6-2 in the semifinals.
Against Kontinen and Peers’ 1 grand slam doubles title, Herbert and Mahut have won three. They will be looking to complete the full set this afternoon having never won the Australian Open.
If successful, they will become just the 8th men’s doubles pairing in history to achieve a career grand slam.
Despite the difference in world rankings, Kontinen and Peers hold a 2-1 head to head advantage over Herbert and Mahut.
With a big Australian Open crowd behind John Peers, I think they will make it 3-1 by end of the afternoon.
Kontinen and Peers to win in three sets.