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Who did Baker play in juniors?

Leo
05-30-2012, 04:28 PM
Sorry I need some help finding the answer to this question. I know Baker has been referencing how painful it was to watch the guys he used to play/beat in juniors move on and become Top 20/10 when he left the game. But you can't filter the rankings on the ATP site by birth year (think you can on WTA site).

He was born in 1985, so he was he playing in juniors? Who else is in the '84-'86 range? I think he lost o Wawrinka in the junior French final '03.

Smoke944
05-30-2012, 04:32 PM
itftennis.com/juniors

Wing Man Frank
05-30-2012, 04:35 PM
Not going to list them all, but he was the number 2 ranked junior so you can imagine he beat most of them.

Beat Tsonga and Baghdatis on his way to losing to Wawa in the French Open juniors in 2003 I believe.

Voo de Mar
05-30-2012, 04:40 PM
I've just posted his funniest junior scorelines in other thread :D

Isner 6-1 6-0
Berdych 6-3 5-7 13-11
Ferreiro 2-6 6-0 6-7(19)

asmazif
05-30-2012, 04:41 PM
Monfils, Tsonga, Baghdatis, Berdych, Wawrinka, Tipsarevic and of course The Mighty Boggo.

:hatoff:

Ferreiro 2-6 6-0 6-7(19)

:haha: SO EPIC

shuhrat
05-30-2012, 04:43 PM
http://beta.itftennis.com/juniors/players/player/profile.aspx?PlayerID=100003655

Click on "Activity" and then "View All"

I was looking through the page. :lol:

yesh222
05-30-2012, 04:47 PM
He lost to Wawrkinka in the 2003 RG junior final.

star
05-30-2012, 04:59 PM
http://beta.itftennis.com/juniors/players/player/profile.aspx?PlayerID=100003655

Click on "Activity" and then "View All"

I was looking through the page. :lol:

Thanks for the link. :kiss:

Intheshadows
05-30-2012, 05:07 PM
No match for the Gooch. Or Todd Reid.

He actually beat a guy I went to school with. Small world.

Leo
05-30-2012, 05:22 PM
Monfils, Tsonga, Baghdatis, Berdych, Wawrinka, Tipsarevic and of course The Mighty Boggo.

:hatoff:



:haha: SO EPIC

I thought Monfils was part of the younger generation and played with Murray?

Thanks all!

Chris Kuerten
05-30-2012, 05:27 PM
Name: FEDERER, Beatrix
Age: 16 (12 Nov 1995)
Nationality: HungaryShocking.

Fumus
05-30-2012, 06:39 PM
Wow - imagine if he didn't have any injuries...he was a top junior.

Certinfy
05-30-2012, 06:41 PM
Berdych 6-3 5-7 13-11
I still have nightmares about this one.

LastRocket
05-30-2012, 06:45 PM
Juniors:

USTA National Tennis Centre, Flushing Meadow, USA 2003
Brian BAKER def MONFILS, Gael (FRA) 6-4 6-2

All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, Great Britain28 Jun - 06 Jul 2003
Brian BAKER def STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy (UKR) 2-6 6-4 6-2

Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France01 Jun - 08 Jun 2003
Brian BAKER def STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy (UKR) 6-2 6-7(5) 6-1
Brian BAKER def BAGHDATIS, Marcos (CYP) 6-4 7-5
Brian BAKER def TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) 6-3 6-3

Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships 15 Dec 2002
SF Brian BAKER def BAGHDATIS, Marcos (CYP) 6-2 6-7(1) 6-3
F Brian BAKER def MONTCOURT, Mathieu (FRA) 7-6(5) 6-2

Chanda Rubin North/Central American & Caribbean Junior Champ 13 Oct 2002
Final Brian BAKER def ISNER, John (USA) 6-1 6-0

LTA International Junior Tennis Championships - Roehampton 23 Jun - 28 Jun 2002
Brian BAKER def TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) 6-2 6-3
Brian BAKER def BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE) 6-3 5-7 13-11

Royal Astrid Tennis Club, Loverval, Belgium27 May - 01 Jun 2002
Brian BAKER def WAWRINKA, Stanislas (SUI) 6-1 6-2

http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=100003655

ATP:
Adelaide, Australia01 Jan - 02 Jan 2005 Qualifying Draw
Brian BAKER def DJOKOVIC, Novak (SCG) 6-2 6-4

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=100003655

Li Ching Yuen
05-30-2012, 06:59 PM
He partnered with the might Gooch in doubles. That's all you need to know.

motorhead
05-30-2012, 07:09 PM
ha said in an interview that Guccione's advices haleped to step up his game a lot and the guy was already a legend at juniors level.

Leo
05-30-2012, 09:08 PM
Wow, he beat Novak at the '05 AO qualies! That turned out to be Djokovic's young breakout year with his notable play at RG and USO, etc.

Nixer
05-30-2012, 09:12 PM
Wow - imagine if he didn't have any injuries...he was a top junior.

Donald Young was number 1 junior, imagine that...
:rolleyes:

shuhrat
05-30-2012, 09:29 PM
Wow, he beat Novak at the '05 AO qualies! That turned out to be Djokovic's young breakout year with his notable play at RG and USO, etc.
Then how did Novak end up playing Marat in the first round? :p It was Adelaide qualifying.


Q. People talk about Brian Baker, and I think you played against him.
RICHARD GASQUET: I saw him on TV last week. I don't know how long it had been. Yes, he is playing exactly the same way, two‑handed backhand, same technique for the right hand.
You know, when I played Les Petits As, I don't know which year this was, I don't think I saw him since then. I think he's not really changed at all. He's the same, a bit taller, but his face, the game, you know, his style, I recognized him immediately.


Q. As a junior you played against Brian Baker. It was a long time ago. How do you look to his comeback and success at this moment?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Interesting question. I have actually seen him yesterday after a very long time. I haven't seen him I think in maybe seven, eight years or even more.
You know, I was pleasantly surprised with his comeback, and with his results. He won a couple of challengers from qualification, if I'm not wrong. Now in qualifications in Nice and reaching the finals. Actually, he was one of the best if not I think the best junior in the world. He won the Orange Bowl when I played, I remember. He's a very, very talented player.
You know, he always had a very smart game, a variety of shots. I haven't seen him play, though, this year, but, you know, it's great to see him back.

Q. Was he a better player in your time 2003, 2002?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: What do you mean better player?

Q. Compared to you, the talent he has.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: He was older and he was better at that time. Yes. (smiling)

Johnny Groove
05-30-2012, 10:05 PM
Baker's resume is very impressive, I even didn't know of the Djokovic win in Adelaide 2005.

So long as he stays healthy, he should be in the top 100 by the summer for sure, and maybe top 50 by the end of the year.

Looner
05-30-2012, 10:06 PM
He should be in the top 100 if he can play on grass. He's #127 now, I reckon. I hope he gets WC for Wimbledon.

Li Ching Yuen
05-30-2012, 10:07 PM
He's playing Nothingham Challenger in 2 weeks.

nellis_lv
05-30-2012, 10:33 PM
RICHARD GASQUET: I saw him on TV last week. I don't know how long it had been. Yes, he is playing exactly the same way, two‑handed backhand, same technique for the right hand.
You know, when I played Les Petits As, I don't know which year this was, I don't think I saw him since then. I think he's not really changed at all. He's the same, a bit taller, but his face, the game, you know, his style, I recognized him immediately.


Which is exactly why I think he'll have trouble . . .

I was just watching an interview w/ Fed and how he mentioned he had to forget how he played when he first achieved success.. cuz guys are serving bigger, returning bigger, playing with more powerful racquets and more able to generate and handle pace.

I look at Brian's game and it looks like he's been in a time warp from '03.

Not everyone is going to softball him like Simon and it looked like once Malisse went into ballbashing mode, he almost couldn't handle it.

I think he'll need new weapons and some way to deal with ballbashers, serve-bots, and the heavier ball playing style of today.

Otherwise, I can't see him rising above top 60 or so.

Mercury
05-30-2012, 10:43 PM
Which is exactly why I think he'll have trouble . . .

I was just watching an interview w/ Fed and how he mentioned he had to forget how he played when he first achieved success.. cuz guys are serving bigger, returning bigger, playing with more powerful racquets and more able to generate and handle pace.

I look at Brian's game and it looks like he's been in a time warp from '03.

Not everyone is going to softball him like Simon and it looked like once Malisse went into ballbashing mode, he almost couldn't handle it.

I think he'll need new weapons and some way to deal with ballbashers, serve-bots, and the heavier ball playing style of today.

Otherwise, I can't see him rising above top 60 or so.
Very interesting. I saw that same interview with Federer and it's definitely a problem. But let's give Brian the chance to get some games going, play some challengers and face some of these "new kind of opponents". He might just grow into it.

Li Ching Yuen
05-30-2012, 10:45 PM
Which is exactly why I think he'll have trouble . . .

I was just watching an interview w/ Fed and how he mentioned he had to forget how he played when he first achieved success.. cuz guys are serving bigger, returning bigger, playing with more powerful racquets and more able to generate and handle pace.

I look at Brian's game and it looks like he's been in a time warp from '03.

Not everyone is going to softball him like Simon and it looked like once Malisse went into ballbashing mode, he almost couldn't handle it.

I think he'll need new weapons and some way to deal with ballbashers, serve-bots, and the heavier ball playing style of today.

Otherwise, I can't see him rising above top 60 or so.

What you're saying definitely makes sense.

Well except that earlier in the day he stretched the nr.12 in the world to 5 sets basically with not much energy in the tank.

SapELee
05-30-2012, 11:15 PM
Which is exactly why I think he'll have trouble . . .

I was just watching an interview w/ Fed and how he mentioned he had to forget how he played when he first achieved success.. cuz guys are serving bigger, returning bigger, playing with more powerful racquets and more able to generate and handle pace.

I look at Brian's game and it looks like he's been in a time warp from '03.

Not everyone is going to softball him like Simon and it looked like once Malisse went into ballbashing mode, he almost couldn't handle it.

I think he'll need new weapons and some way to deal with ballbashers, serve-bots, and the heavier ball playing style of today.

Otherwise, I can't see him rising above top 60 or so.

Brian has a similar bodybuild as Djokovic. If he can build his body up some more (whenever he can afford a physio), he should be able to add more weight to his shot.

duchuy89
05-31-2012, 03:44 AM
Baker. Fighting!

Voo de Mar
05-31-2012, 10:29 AM
Baker reminds me of Mardy Fish, Baker has much more better forehand but their other shots and the way they think about the tennis geometry seems similar.

So actually Baker would be a Top 10 player for a while :spit: