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John Peers has claimed his first Grand Slam trophy with a dominant performance in the Australian Open doubles final alongside Henri Kontinen.

The tournament’s number four seeds never looked in trouble, defeating legendary American pair Bob and Mike Bryan 7-5 7-5.

“It is an amazing feeling,” Peers said.

“I was looking through some of the names on the trophy. To be alongside some of the guys and idols I looked up to in the past is something that hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Peers was the only player not to drop serve during the final and will be a key player for Australia in next weeks David Cup tie against the Czech Republic.

The 28-year-old, said it was a special feeling to become part of Australia’s proud grand slam doubles history.

“To be able to do that and be a part of what Australian legacy has been with tennis is something I was dreaming of as a child.

“To be able to do it and hopefully continue to do that is something I will continue to work towards.

“It’s a humbling sort of experience and something that I’ll never take for granted.”

Peers was twice a grand slam doubles runner-up in 2015 with former British partner Jamie Murray, before teaming with Kontinen at the start of the 2016 season.

They had a stellar debut year together winning five titles, including the prestigious season ending ATP Tour Finals.

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