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File photo of Leander Paes (left) of India and Purav Raja of India talking tactics in their third round men's doubles match against Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia and Robert Farah of Colombia on day seven of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Jan. 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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 over the weekend, according to a PTI report.

The second-seeded pair defeated the American-Filipino combine 6-4 7-5 in the summit clash of the $150,000 hardcourt tournament.

Paes 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. With new rankings issued Jan. 29, Paes is back to the top-50.

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

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