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Leander Paes wins 25th Challenger tennis title at Newport Beach

Leander Paes and James Cerretani defeated Denis Kudla and Treat Huey 6-4, 7-5 in the summit clash of the Newport Beach Challenger tennis tournament.

tennis Updated: Jan 29, 2018 09:48 IST
Leander Paes and James Cerretani beat Denis Kudla and Treat Huey 6-4, 7-5 to win the men’s doubles title at the Newport Beach tennis tournament.
Leander Paes and James Cerretani beat Denis Kudla and Treat Huey 6-4, 7-5 to win the men’s doubles title at the Newport Beach tennis tournament. (Twitter )

Veteran India tennis star Leander Paes won his 25th ATP Challenger level doubles title with partner James Cerretani after beating Denis Kudla and Treat Huey in the final of the Newport Beach event.

The second-seeded Indo-American pair defeated the American-Filipino combine 6-4, 7-5 in the summit clash of the USD 150,000 hard court tournament.

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Paes, world No 61, has won crucial 125 points with this win as he is striving to move up the rankings ladder. He had logged 90 points at the Australian Open, where he made the third round with compatriot Purav Raja.

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When the new rankings will be issued on Monday, Paes is likely to get back to top-50.

Paes, winner of 11 singles titles on the Challenger Tour, had ended the 2017 season with consecutive trophies in Champaign and Knoxville with Raja.