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Ramkumar and Paes in Tallahassee Challenger final

April 29, 2017 18:04 IST

Leander Paes

Young Indian Davis Cupper Ramkumar Ramanathan and veteran Leander Paes have reached the singles and doubles final of the ATP Challenger event in Tallahassee after winning their respective semi-finals, in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday.

Ramkumar battled past Italian qualifier Andrea Arnaboldi 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the US $75,000 clay court event after two hours and 34 minutes.

It will be first ever Challenger level final for the 22- year-old Indian, who next faces Slovenian qualifier Blaz Rola.

The Slovenian edged past American Mitchell Krueger 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the other semi-final.

Paes and Scott Lipsky, the top seeded Indo-American pair overcame some  stiff resistance from Ecuadorian pair of Roberto Quiroz and Gonzalo Escobar 6-1, 6-7, (10-3) in the semi-finals.

They face Argentinian pair of Leonardo Mayer and Maximo Gonzalez for the title.

Paes now has a chance to win second Challenger level title of the 2017 season having triumphed in Leon, Mexico with Adil Shamasdin.

Image: Leander Paes

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