baker was sloppy and weak. The fact that rampras out-rallied him from the baseline just shows how weak is on the hard court season so far. It's time to panic imo, it's hard to get confidence when you are losing to out-of-form challenger players and you really aren't playing well at all.
good opportunity for rajeev to get some points here. I'm expecting a poor finish to baker's season.
I will give rajeev credit that apart from some patches in this match, he was consistent and had a deadlier server than baker.
Brian's backhand has become really, really bad. I wouldn't say sock, johnson level, but it's almost a freebie for a competent opponent. I'll credit Rampras with acknowledging he is stronger than Brian and just taking it away from him.
it's understandable possibly to not be quite into his groove yet, but losing to Ram is certainly worrisome...... hopefully Baker really puts in the long yards and makes sure his body is ready for hard. hopefully he can take the wear and tear.
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I said it weeks ago....Fluke run, end of story...Who loses to Ram on any surface? No Top 80 player would have lost this match...Baker will descend into irrrlevancy once again and this time next year will be back in the 300's