ATP Challenger event: Leander Paes-Purav Raja pair clinch first doubles title

Nov 14, 2017, 08:53 IST | PTI

Leander Paes and Purav Raja won their first title together after joining forces as they lifted the Knoxville Challenger trophy with a close win over James Cerretani and John-Patrick Smith

Leander Paes and Purav Raja won their first title together after joining forces as they lifted the Knoxville Challenger trophy with a close win over James Cerretani and John-Patrick Smith. The top-seeded Indian team battled past the US-Australian combination 7-6 (4) 7-6 (4) in the final of the hard court event, last night.

Indian tennis ace Leander Paes
Indian tennis ace Leander Paes

It was first title-clash for Paes and Raja after joining forces since August. Raja said he has learnt a lot during this short partnership with Paes so far. "It is fun. I have learnt a lot and trying to work on a system which hopefully will make us better in the coming weeks," Raja said.

Purav Raja
Purav Raja

"It's nice to know what he (Paes) is thinking on big points and the approach to it. Also we are trying to form a system with eye formation which has enabled us to hold serve easier this week," Raja added.

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