New Delhi, Jan 28 (PTI) Veteran Indian 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.Also Read - Match Highlights Wimbledon 2021 Novak Djokovic vs Denis Kudla Round 3, Day 5: Serbian Beats American in Straight Sets

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. Also Read - Tennis: Prajnesh Gunneswaran Loses Hard-Fought Final in ATP Challenger in US, Lost to Denis Kudla

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. Also Read - Federer beats Kudla to reach 12th Halle final

When the new rankings will be issued tomorrow, 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.

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