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Nice SF: Baker def. Davydenko 6-7(5) 6-4 6-2

Mercury
05-25-2012, 06:22 PM
This match was pure "School of Return". Both players terrorized their opponent with crazy returns all match long. I think there were 13 breaks of serve throughout the game and breaking to love or from 30-0 was not rare at all.

Baker made some great points starting the middle of the 2nd set and all the way to the end.

T'was a fun game to watch, Bakerwagon gained another passenger ;)

TennisOnWood
05-25-2012, 06:23 PM
Take the crown Brian

Certinfy
05-25-2012, 06:23 PM
:D :woohoo: :bounce:

Might not be a pretty sight tomorrow though. :o

Blue Heart24
05-25-2012, 06:24 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship:

LastRocket
05-25-2012, 06:24 PM
Baker is a Legend! Vamooooooooooooo
:bowdown:

navy75
05-25-2012, 06:24 PM
Baker would have made me lose so much if I were betting this week. Every win just adds to the most miraculous comeback that I've ever witnessed when you factor in all that should have kept him out of this game. What a week!

Ben.
05-25-2012, 06:25 PM
The story continues....

Don't give him much chance against Almagro but hopefully he will have more opportunities in the future.

Deathless Mortal
05-25-2012, 06:25 PM
What an amazing comeback from a set and a break down when everyone already thought he would be too tired to do it. Great fighting spirit and his hunger for the game is obvious. Would be a great day for tennis if he managed to beat Almagro tomorrow, but that's really not likely.

tribalfusion
05-25-2012, 06:25 PM
Such wonderful returns from Baker in this.

viruzzz
05-25-2012, 06:25 PM
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Ivo#1Fan
05-25-2012, 06:25 PM
He certainly is making a 250 the week before a major almost relevant.

Javi
05-25-2012, 06:25 PM
Vamos Brian!!!
:woohoo:
:worship:

nole_no1
05-25-2012, 06:25 PM
:hatoff: :clap2: Excellent stuff Baker. His return of serve is absolutely incredible

sleptember
05-25-2012, 06:26 PM
Good for him. He can play tennis.

navy75
05-25-2012, 06:26 PM
:D :woohoo: :bounce:

Might not be a pretty sight tomorrow though. :o

Agree. However, Baker could lose 0 and 0 tomorrow and it would still be one of the most magical weeks on the main tour that we've ever witnessed considering that he hadn't played in an ATP level event in 7 years and came through qualies here as well.

Roamed
05-25-2012, 06:26 PM
Totally utterly amazing. Doesn't really matter if he wins tomorrow, this whole week has been incredible.

Jomp1
05-25-2012, 06:26 PM
vTNy8Zfwno4

sidneythagovou
05-25-2012, 06:27 PM
Baker!! Dont know how he keeps doing it. Looks very tired, but somehow just doesnt give up. Respect!

Cat9
05-25-2012, 06:27 PM
:D :woohoo: :bounce:

Might not be a pretty sight tomorrow though. :o

I know. Thinking the same thing. But, I don't think he'll get a complete beat down-bagel style-given his great ROS. That should get him at least a couple games. What a great story, in any case. :worship:

Allez
05-25-2012, 06:29 PM
No getting off this train even though a massive crash is all but guaranteed tomorrow. Well done matey :yeah:

JurajCrane
05-25-2012, 06:30 PM
Brian Baker, finalist in Nice. That sounds brilliant.

- for the place in final he gains 162 points

- he jumped from 216.place to provisional 140.place (as a finalist)

- yesterday he set his new carrer high (previous 172.place)

- has a 15-match winning streak and won 19 from last 20 matches (on ATP tour 4-0)

- he is American and all these matches were played on clay !

What can I say ? Im-fucking-pressive ! :worship:

JediFed
05-25-2012, 06:33 PM
With a win, he'd already be high enough for direct entry into RG.

Filo V.
05-25-2012, 06:33 PM
The forehand return Baker hit to break for *5-2 in the third was amazing. Baker's ROS is a major, major weapon and his backhand in general, his timing of the ball. He did many of the things Davydenko used to do.

Davy was sort of adequate the entire match and Brian really raised his game when behind and saved 0-30 to win the second set on serve. Awesome win and week!

mooncreek
05-25-2012, 06:35 PM
To paraphrase a quote from St. Elmo's Fire: there is the brink of insanity and then there is the abyss, which obviously we've fallen into.

JurajCrane
05-25-2012, 06:35 PM
With a win, he'd already be high enough for direct entry into RG.

Probably not, as he would rise to provisional 114. place but it is close as hell. :cool:

sleptember
05-25-2012, 06:35 PM
Is he the only American to have reached a clay final this year? Fuck yeah.

Cat9
05-25-2012, 06:38 PM
Brian really raised his game when behind and saved 0-30 to win the second set on serve. Awesome win and week!

Yep, probably most impressive is his mental strength. Really incredible. Most guys with his backstory, even given the wins this week, would be self doubting all over the place. Incredible. My lousy stream kept going out at the end. Can't wait to watch it later today on TC.

kiriri***
05-25-2012, 06:39 PM
Great win, Baker:D However tomorrow's opponent Almagro is so difficult:sad:
Davydenko was beaten 2nd serve from 3rd set many times:o

Is he the only American to have reached a clay final this year? Fuck yeah.

Don't forget Isner in Houston:rolleyes:

Johnny Groove
05-25-2012, 06:39 PM
This man can't be stopped!

Grinder
05-25-2012, 06:41 PM
Awesome run by Brian. :yeah:

I hardly ever watch small tournaments anymore but I've made it a point to catch his matches. I remember seeing him play as an up and comer a long time ago in the FO and again in the USO against Carlos Moya (won the first set I believe) and then he fell off the map with all his injuries.

Props to him for all his hard work and a sensational comeback story. This has been awesome to watch and it'd be awesome if he can cap it off with a decent run at RG. All the best in the final, although I doubt he has much of a shot against Almagro.

Tennis is revived a bit each time the Ukranian-Russian Gollum impostor loses and inches towards retirement. Great for the game.

Nole Rules
05-25-2012, 06:42 PM
Never seen this guy play. Is his ROS really that good? As good as Murray's/Djoker's?

JurajCrane
05-25-2012, 06:44 PM
Never seen this guy play. Is his ROS really that good? As good as Murray's/Djoker's?

Better :p

LastRocket
05-25-2012, 06:44 PM
Never seen this guy play. Is his ROS really that good? As good as Murray's/Djoker's?

I would say better, he really steps inside the baseline when he returns.

Filo V.
05-25-2012, 06:48 PM
Never seen this guy play. Is his ROS really that good? As good as Murray's/Djoker's?

He misses a few more than them but in terms of being a weapon, it's definitely at least top 5 ROS without doubt, strong off both sides, but his backhand ROS especially. His return has always been the best part of his game, he redirects balls off return and takes them early and cuts off angles really well.

Gagsquet
05-25-2012, 06:49 PM
Holy Jesus. Is he the elected one?

Nole Rules
05-25-2012, 06:49 PM
Better :p

I would say better, i really steps inside the baseline when he returns.

Wow! :bowdown:
I must watch this guy play asap.

Allez
05-25-2012, 06:54 PM
Baker knows where he's been. He's not taking ANYTHING for granted. It helps to have been coaching in his time off. Fantastic story and a deserving bandwagon player of the year :yeah:

Cat9
05-25-2012, 06:54 PM
Wow!
I must watch this guy play asap.

A couple days ago when I first saw him do it-a crazy good return-I thought it was just a single lucky shot. Then he did it again. And again..and again.

Jomp1
05-25-2012, 07:00 PM
He misses a few more than them but in terms of being a weapon, it's definitely at least top 5 ROS without doubt, strong off both sides, but his backhand ROS especially. His return has always been the best part of his game, he redirects balls off return and takes them early and cuts off angles really well.

Yup. Also when the ball's in play, he takes it early. Rarely takes steps back to make a shot, but rather takes it early and makes his opponent's next shot harder. If he gets a short ball back, he pounds it. Kinda Federer-ish in that regard, although two-handed BH. Or maybe Fish would be a better comparable.

Especially the pace he generates from his backhand is amazing, top10 probably on tour. X-court passing shots from both sides also top notch.

His biggest obstacle against good players will be his service games. So-so first serve for a fairly big man. Well, he's beaten good players here but if we look at another tier i.e. Almagro tomorrow he probably needs more free points. But, this is just his first tournament with the big boys. It's already brilliant enough that he has the tempo to keep up with these guys.

nole_no1
05-25-2012, 07:08 PM
@JurajCrane

Awesome signature mate :lol:

tangerine_dream
05-25-2012, 07:10 PM
:eek: Brian :worship:


Baker Bandwagon, I'm on it. http://www.showstop.org/images/misc/bandwagon2.gif

asmazif
05-25-2012, 07:11 PM
This is getting to be sig material.

alfonsojose
05-25-2012, 07:12 PM
Kolya :hug: Rest for RG

emotion
05-25-2012, 07:17 PM
Davy :sad:
good for Baker, though he keeps beating people I like

BauerAlmeida
05-25-2012, 07:18 PM
I hope he can keep this form and avoid injuries. He is not that old (27), and considering he has barely played any matches in his career he can play for a couple of years more.

His RoS is simply amazing. Almost as good (or as good) as Agassi, Safin, Nalbandian, Davydenko, etc. He is very strong off both wings, good movement, etc. No real weaknesses as far as I can see.

What will be his ranking on Monday?

TigerTim
05-25-2012, 07:20 PM
amazing, a new fav for me!

LastRocket
05-25-2012, 07:20 PM
I hope he can keep this form and avoid injuries. He is not that old (27), and considering he has barely played any matches in his career he can play for a couple of years more.

His RoS is simply amazing. Almost as good (or as good) as Agassi, Safin, Nalbandian, Davydenko, etc. He is very strong off both wings, good movement, etc. No real weaknesses as far as I can see.

What will be his ranking on Monday?

#114 if he wins the final or else #140

Looner
05-25-2012, 07:21 PM
http://edition.cnn.com/video/?iid=article_sidebar#/video/sports/2012/05/24/open-court-brian-baker-comeback-french.cnn :worship:

Li Ching Yuen
05-25-2012, 07:23 PM
This was a great victory. It was pretty clear in this match that he is gassed after playing so much in the last week but he won the match in the end with a couple of great returns and doing the right things to force Davydenko into error and draw the points/games.

But he was missing routine shots in this match compared to some of his earlier matches. His Monfils match was a better indication of his skill, in this one he just outsmarted the Russian for the most part.

Ibracadabra
05-25-2012, 07:27 PM
Truely inspirational. This should be big time news even if he loses tomorrow and received a triple bagel at roland garros. Things like this don't happen often so sit back and enjoy the baker.

Hian-GOAT
05-25-2012, 07:33 PM
:worship:

Jimnik
05-25-2012, 07:38 PM
This Baker is good.

Baker for US Davis Cup team.

Corey Feldman
05-25-2012, 08:10 PM
retire for your fan, Denko

MaxPower
05-25-2012, 08:25 PM
Baker's run is a real fairy tale story. Never too late to get back from injuries!

(now take the title so the fairy tale get's a proper ending, unfortunately El Mugro plays the role of the evil goblin ruining the party)

Mateya
05-25-2012, 08:36 PM
Ok, I'm totaly curious and aroused by this Baker now.
Can someone share a video or highlights of this match? I still haven't seen him hit one shot.
So much talk about his return game, I need to see this american badly. :D

As for Kolya, a good week and I'm afraid he can give Seppi quite a scare at RG.

Mercury
05-25-2012, 08:37 PM
He looked fresher than Davy at that end of the 3rd set today... I know that doesn't say much but maybe he's still got the energy to make Mugro's life hard tomorrow. One can only hope ;)

Orka_n
05-25-2012, 09:06 PM
Denko really is done. But this is another great win for Baker so I can't be sad.

Can Baker be the chosen one, the one who saves tennis from this mug era?

If he takes out Mugro tomorrow it will be such an insane comeback story. But even if he loses this has been an incredible week for him and a hint of greater things.

SapELee
05-25-2012, 09:17 PM
Brian :yeah:

Chase Visa
05-25-2012, 10:18 PM
Holy crap.

Let's hope he can do the impossible against Almagro.

Li Ching Yuen
05-25-2012, 10:52 PM
--dyT4_77SQ

rhinooooo
05-25-2012, 11:02 PM
This return of serve he has is really one of the best I've seen. I struggle to think of more than 5 players right now who can hit returns like this guy.

And the backhand is unbelievable. Very nice that even in defending he takes a proactive approach of stepping into the court. I really hope we see more of him and his very entertaining tennis.

fast_clay
05-25-2012, 11:15 PM
--dyT4_77SQ

such a clean, clean sound on the strike

Cat9
05-26-2012, 12:13 AM
Saw it again on TC and for so many of Davy's second serves, Baker is easily two feet inside the BL when he returns the ball. Just unbelievable. Really makes me wonder where he'd be today had his body not failed him.

Sunset of Age
05-26-2012, 12:22 AM
:help: - Dear Nicolai, if THIS doesn't sound the ultimate Alarm Bell, what does?
:o

Good job Baker though. Credits where those are due! :yeah:

KarlyM
05-26-2012, 01:18 AM
This is great! I hope Baker wins the title. :yeah:

BroTree123
05-26-2012, 01:36 AM
Almagro is screwed tomorrow.

Topspindoctor
05-26-2012, 02:27 AM
Always good to see this bald jester lose.

Mercury
05-26-2012, 02:59 AM
Baker really did buy me over just cause he makes it look so easy when he's on top. He makes Tennis look so simple and with that he makes it a very attractive game.

When you look at all the grinders on tour who simply make it ridiculously hard to win a point it makes the game sooooo tedious but then this guy comes along and he's such a clean breath of air, it kind of reminds me of how I fell in love with Federer's game. It just looks simple to the point where it becomes beautiful. That said after he was completely worn out today.

<This post was brought to you at 6AM after downing 8 double Jager bombs, take it with a pinch of salt cause I'm very loving at the moment ;)>

VIPer7
05-26-2012, 05:56 AM
On the German Wikipedia somebody edited Davydenko's article stating that this loss was another proof for his fixing accusations:

Am 25.05.2012 ereignete sich ein weiterer dokumentierter Vorfall beim Turnier Open de Nice Côte d’Azur. Im Halbfinale gegen den relativ unbekannten US Amerikaner Brian Baker führte er schon mit 5:2 und 40:0, ehe der erste Satz ins Tiebreak ging. In dieser Phase ging es drunter und drüber. Der Spielverlauf war so atypisch, dass viele Zuschauer aus Protest den Centre Court verliesen. Davydenko gelang eine fragwürdige 7:6 Satzführung, verlor aber das Match mit 7:6 4:6 4:6. Bemerkenswert ist der Umstand, dass die Quoten für einen 2:1 sieg auf Baker sehr hoch waren und viele Buchmacher Wetten auf dieses Resultat verzeichneten.

(translation: Davydenko squandered a 5:2 40: lead in the first set, still won it in the tie-break. But the game was so weird that many spectators left the centre court in protest. There were many high bets on Baker, with odds being 2:1)

I didn't see the match (was live in Düsseldorf yesterday :) ) but after reading all the comments it sounds as if Baker really won the match by good playing, and not because Davydenko handed it to him, right?

coluta
05-26-2012, 07:00 AM
But the game was so weird that many spectators left the centre court in protest

Is this even true?

Li Ching Yuen
05-26-2012, 07:15 AM
Is this even true?

Spectators left even before the match started since it was postponed by rain for about 2 hours in the first place.

Stop betting if you don't know the players, people.

TennisOnWood
05-26-2012, 07:49 AM
Full match

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VIPer7
05-26-2012, 10:59 AM
I deleted the passage in Davydenko's article, and told the guy to provide proof if he wants it in the article. I guess you're right it was somebody who put money on Davydenko and lost :)

Will watch the match now, thanks for the link :)