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11:55 pm - Thursday February 22, 2018

Paes, Raja clinch Knoxville Challenger Trophy

Agencies, New Delhi

Indian top seeded Leander Paes and Purav Raja emerged victorious in the Knoxville Challenger trophy beating their US-Australian rivals James Cerretani and John-Patrick Smith in the finals of the men’s doubles event.

In a close fought battle the Indian duo beat US-Australian pair 7-6, 7-6. It will be first final for Paes and Raja after joining forces in August, playing their first event at ATP 250 Winston-Salem.

Paes has won three Challenger level titles this season – Leon and Ilkley events with Canadian Adil Shamasdin and Tallahassee trophy with American Scott Lipsky. Paes also made a number of semifinals at ATP 250 level and has not lost a final this season.

Raja before teaming up with Paes had won Bordeaux Challenger with Divij Sharan and also made the final of the ATP 250 Chennai Open. The top seeded Indian pair won the two set with a tie breaker 7-4, 7-4.

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