Charlottesville, VA, USA, 5 November 2014 |

James Duckworth has soared to a career-high ranking following his victory at the ATP Challenger event in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Australian jumped 21 places to world No.129 following his victory at the hardcourt event, one at which he was taken to three sets in four of his five matches.

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In the final he overcame Brit Liam Broady 5-7 6-3 6-2 to claim his second Challenger title of 2014.

In his first and second round matches he was also forced to recover from a set down, and in the semifinals, he was extended to three sets by American Alex Kuznetsov.

The win catapults Duckworth into sixth place in the Australian rankings.

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He’ll attempt to continue his good form this week at the ATP Challenger event in Knoxville, Tennessee; he opens his campaign against sixth seed Michael Russell.