Will Brian Baker take this comeback to the distance? - MensTennisForums.com
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He's been away for too long, he maxed it already with the Nice final 2 5.56%
He'll be a top 200 player for the near future, but won't make it any further 2 5.56%
He'll be a solid top 50 player for the next 3-5 years 24 66.67%
He'll challenge the sport's best, but will max out at top 10 3 8.33%
He's a Grand Slam future winner and still top 5 material 5 13.89%
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Will Brian Baker take this comeback to the distance?

How far do you think he'll take it?
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Re: Will Brian Baker take this comeback to the distance?

All the way to the World Tour Finals I think.
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Re: Will Brian Baker take this comeback to the distance?

he can get to the top 50 i think..maybe more but i would think its to late for him to do anything major.I want to see how he does against nicolas though because this week he's beaten a disinterested and injured monfils, a davydenko who is a shadow of his former self and kukushkin..nothing more really needs to be said there.

lets be honest here if monfils was healthy and motivated he would have lost in the 2nd round to him anyway
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lets be honest here if monfils was healthy and motivated he would have lost in the 2nd round to him anyway
Yes, but even 2nd round was great result for him. This final is just ... you know.

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Re: Will Brian Baker take this comeback to the distance?

I think he'll finish in the Top 40.

If he can improve on holding his own service games, even higher.

Excellent return game but he'll get broken way too easily by the top guys. He got broken 15 times this week, already, and return game keeps saving him.
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Re: Will Brian Baker take this comeback to the distance?

He's top 50 for sure, but that's assuming the body holds up.

Serve is far too inconsistent but it is a weapon, just needs to spend more time on it.

Could reach top 25 though, not sure if any higher considering he's 27 now though.
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Re: Will Brian Baker take this comeback to the distance?

I agree with the point about the player's he's beaten. There's no real outstanding result. (okay winning the amount of matches he has in a row is impressive). I'm yet to actually watch his however so I'll make a better judgement when I see him in the final tomorrow if he gets much of a chance against Almagro.

250 events can throw up runs like this (Ward at AEGON last year), but by the sounds of things he's easily top 100 potential, can't see him push Top 50 for a while though


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Re: Will Brian Baker take this comeback to the distance?

Oh, and a big server like Isner/Raonic could easily destroy him.

Has yet to face those in his juniors/futures/challengers experience and that return game would pretty much be nullified.
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I agree with the point about the player's he's beaten. There's no real outstanding result. (okay winning the amount of matches he has in a row is impressive). I'm yet to actually watch his however so I'll make a better judgement when I see him in the final tomorrow if he gets much of a chance against Almagro.

250 events can throw up runs like this (Ward at AEGON last year), but by the sounds of things he's easily top 100 potential, can't see him push Top 50 for a while though
thats a good point about 250's and it begs the question: is this just another 1 time run? james ward has done nothing since that run at the aegon last year and golubev has completely gone off the rail after his title win a couple seasons ago.
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How can this be a one-time tournament run when this is Baker's very first ATP level tournament in 7 years? James Ward seems like a nice guy from a personality standpoint, but I don't see how he and Baker are comparable on any level. I suppose it is possible if Baker's disastrous health luck kicks in yet again. Barring that, I'm sure that Baker will keep getting better and better as he gains more match play.

Baker is easily more naturally talented than most in the top 50, and we don't even have to go into heart. I also don't agree that someone like Isner would destroy him, as Baker has the kind of returning ability to get more breaks against Isner than almost everyone else in the top 50. Baker is still subject to unlucky draws until his ranking rises, which might delay his ascension somewhat. Barring an elongated run of bad draws or another health concern, I think that Baker could definitely be in the top 20 or higher within a year or so.

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Baker is so much better than Ward talent wise, and is so much more intelligent a player than Golubev. Also remember this in Europe, on Euro red clay, yes, he made RG boys final, he's a good clay player, but this isn't even his best surface.

It's too early to determinate where he will go from here. He has the talent to definitely be top 50 without question and much more. His serve and forehand have been a bit shaky, this week, though. With that being said, he's just coming back and this is his first event at this level in a long time, so we just don't know.
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Re: Will Brian Baker take this comeback to the distance?

As I said after the Savannah final: He will rise.

Top 15 at least.

If he can stay healthy that is.

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He's going the distance.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__PU5CVSegg


Reluctantly crouched at the starting line
Engines pumping and thumping in time.
The green light flashes, the flags go up.
Churning and burning they yearn for the cup.
They deftly manuver and muscle for rank,
Fuel burning fast on an empty tank.
Reckless and wild they pour through the turns.
Their prowess is potent and secretly stern.
As they speed through the finish the flags go down.
The fans get up and they get out of town.
The arena is empty except for one man,
Still driving and striving as fast as he can.
The sun has gone down and the moon has come up,
And long ago somebody left with the cup.
But he's driving and striving and hugging the turns,
And thinking of someone for whom he still burns.

(chorus)
He's going the distance,
He's going for speed.
She's all alone (all alone) all alone in her time of need.
Because he's racing and pacing and plotting the course.
He's fighting and biting and riding on his horse.
He's going the distance......aaaahhhhh aaahhhhh.....

No trophy, no flowers, no flashbulbs, no line-
He's haunted by something he can not define.
Bowel shaking earthquakes, of doubt and remorse.
Assail him impale him with monster truck force.
In his mind he's still driving-still making the grade.
She's hoping in time that her memory will fade.

Because he's racing and pacing and plotting the course.
He's fighting and biting and riding on his horse.
The sun has gone down and the moon has come up.
And long ago somebody left with the cup
But he's striving and driving and hugging the turns,
And thinking of someone for whom he still burns.
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Baker is the new Golubev
Except he will actually rise

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Re: Will Brian Baker take this comeback to the distance?

He will go far. If Mardy Fish managed to get to top10, then so can Baker. The only thing he really has to improve is his serve, but I don't think it'll be a problem. His movement will get better with more matches under belt.


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