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10-23-2016 09:24 PM
PortlandTimbers
Re: Brian Baker

He has won three Challenger Doubles titles in a row with three different partners!
Stockton with Groth, Fairfield with McDonald and Las Vegas with Reid!
New career high #77 waiting on Monday
08-02-2016 12:08 AM
SapELee
Re: Brian Baker

Brian will be playing singles and doubles at the Olympics.

In the last couple of weeks, has improved ranking to 384 #progress

05-15-2016 06:55 PM
Arrow
Re: Brian Baker

Well he won the doubles title with Harrison in Savannah, so the tournament really suits him well

Plays Nice this week as a PR. R1 vs Granollers
04-21-2016 02:24 AM
SapELee
Re: Brian Baker

Baker Hopes For More Good Memories In Savannah

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To continue his latest comeback, onetime tennis prodigy Brian Baker has returned to the ATP Challenger that helped him start the best run of his career nearly four years ago.

In 2012, Baker was 26 and already had endured six surgeries Ė left knee; left hip, twice; right hip; sports hernia; and elbow reconstruction. He wanted, however, to give his career another shot. Ranked No. 293, Baker first needed to qualify for the Savannah Challenger.

Eight matches later, he had won the $50,000 event. Later that year, he'd go on to reach the final at the Open de Nice CŰte díAzur, win a round at Roland Garros and make the fourth round at Wimbledon.
ďIt started here,Ē Baker said of Savannah.

On Monday, the 30-year-old American picked up where he left off. Winning 81 per cent of his first-serve points, Baker dismissed his 18-year-old compatriot Tommy Paul, last year's French Open junior boys' champion, 6-3, 6-1 in 58 minutes to move into the second round. At 1-all in the second set, Baker erased the only break point he faced with his only ace and cruised for the remainder of the match.

ďIt still feels a little different than it does when you've played a million matches,Ē Baker said. ďBut once I settled in the first 15 minutes of the match, played a few good games, I think I was able to put pressure on him whenever he hit a shorter ball, and maybe took him out of his game a little bit.Ē

Baker is playing in just his fourth tournament of 2016. After his 2012 run, which included wins over then-No. 13 Gael Monfils and Benoit Paire, in addition to a career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 52, the Nashville native had to retire from his second-round match at the 2013 Australian Open because of a right-knee injury.
During the next two years, he'd play only 10 matches and undergo five more surgeries, including one to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. The final surgery, in December 2014, repaired cartilage in the same knee. ďIt's just been a really long recovery,Ē Baker told the ATPWorldTour.com after that operation.

But on Monday, he showed no signs of any lingering injuries. The former Roland Garros junior boys' finalist slid freely on the Har-Tru, chasing down drop shots and attacking the net against Paul. The only semblance of a brace that Baker wears is a little pre-wrap around his right knee to help stabilize his IT band.

ďI still need to get stronger. I need to get faster. I need to get fitter. But as far as pain-wise, it felt good,Ē he said.

The veteran has taken his time in coming back this year. He used his protected ranking to play in the main draw of the Australian Open and the Miami Open presented by Itau. Earlier this month, he received a wild card into qualifying at the Fayez Sarofim & Co U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston.

Baker, now ranked No. 800, could use his protected ranking more often earlier in the season and play in more bigger events. But he accepted a wild card to return to Skidaway Island this week so he could gain match experience and enjoy Savannah once more.

Baker stays in a home nearby The Landings Club, and the local fans show him neighbourly love. After his match against Paul, about a handful of supporters congratulated him on his play. ďGreat to see you back,Ē one fan said.

ďThank you. I appreciate it,Ē Baker said.

Despite his favourable memories, he said he's resisted putting any pressure on himself this week or this year. He wants to play 15 to 20 matches and then evaluate his level of play.

ďI told myself this tournament... be a little bit nicer to yourself, realise that you're going to play some poor games, you're going to hit some poor shots, but you're playing a lot better and you can do well here, and I think I did that,Ē Baker said. ďIt's going to take a little bit of time but (Monday) was a great step in the right direction.Ē



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Originally Posted by Arrow View Post
Missed the match would have liked to watch. Did anybody watch it?
Lost 4 and 2 to Kukushkin, tough rival for him at the moment.
Hopefully it won't take weeks to see Brian on the court again this time
Saw only the 2nd set....it was an error-fest.
03-25-2016 06:50 AM
Arrow
Re: Brian Baker

Missed the match would have liked to watch. Did anybody watch it?
Lost 4 and 2 to Kukushkin, tough rival for him at the moment.
Hopefully it won't take weeks to see Brian on the court again this time
03-22-2016 03:40 AM
Josh V
Re: Brian Baker

Nice! Go Brian
03-22-2016 12:59 AM
SapELee
Re: Brian Baker

Draws a qualifier, Bellucci waiting for the winner in the 2nd round. Good luck B!
03-20-2016 12:50 AM
SapELee
Re: Brian Baker

Will play Miami
03-09-2016 02:23 AM
SapELee
Re: Brian Baker

I was hoping that he would play IW
03-09-2016 02:20 AM
Arrow
Re: Brian Baker

Hasn't played a single match since AO, he was supposed to be healthy, wonder what happened
01-23-2016 04:09 PM
SapELee
Re: Brian Baker

Was surprised at how well Brian hit/timed the ball in such a a short amount of time, still patches of rust. Brian didn't sign up for anything after Oz. In his interview, said rehab is still an ongoing process (12-18 months) so he prob didn't want to play a full schedule until after the 18th month. Happy to see Brian back, thought I would never see him play again

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01-16-2016 08:20 PM
Josh V
Re: Brian Baker

Good luck to Brian! Hope he has a healthy 2016
01-11-2016 02:00 PM
SapELee
Re: Brian Baker

01-10-2016 01:10 AM
Ertl93
Re: Brian Baker

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Originally Posted by Goffan View Post
I hope so, I was really surprised. Who retires after winning a set 6:0?
That seems like a good reason, I was really relieved when I read this
01-10-2016 01:08 AM
Goffan
Re: Brian Baker

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Originally Posted by SapELee View Post
Brian retired after splitting sets 5-7 6-0...let's hope just he was in a rush to Australia. Perhaps he wants to take the same flight as Tennys whom he is very close with and has coached last year.
I hope so, I was really surprised. Who retires after winning a set 6:0?
That seems like a good reason, I was really relieved when I read this
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