Brian Baker comeback continues as American advances at Wimbledon
American Brian Baker's dream comeback continued as he dropped just six
games in reaching the third round of a grand slam for the first time
The 27-year-old from Nashville took the opening eight games against Jarkko Nieminen on Court Nine and built on that start to win through 6-0 6-2 6-4.
Nieminen, a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon six years ago, had little answer to the player who has come through severe injury trauma to revive his career.
The 31-year-old Finn showed little reaction to putting his first game on the board, having been so wholly outplayed until that stage, and could not muster a meaningful fightback.
Baker has had three rounds of hip surgery, plus hip reconstruction and a hernia operation, and from November 2008 to July last year he did not hold a world ranking, rebuilding his life by beginning a degree in business and finance and taking up a coaching role at Belmont University.
His first grand slam in almost seven years was this year's French Open, where he reached round two before pushing Gilles Simon to five sets.
Now he has gone a step further on his Wimbledon debut, which began for Baker with winning three rounds in qualifying. Another victory could see him take on Rafael Nadal in the last 16.
Wow - what a weekend for British Motorcycle racing!
by Luke Wilkins
22 May 2013 05:00 AM
The dust is barely settling on the Premier League season and the bookies are looking to persuade us ...
by Gareth Purnell
22 May 2013 02:01 AM
The guard has changed at Old Trafford for the first time in 26 years. Meanwhile, down the road, the ...
by The Sports Lawyer
21 May 2013 10:01 PM
Exclusive: Championship clubs set to push for safe-standing trials
Sergio Garcia apologises for racist remark aimed at Tiger Woods
Gaël Clichy: Roberto Mancini must take share of blame for dismissal
Phil Neville in frame for role at Stoke City
Andy Carroll stalls on £15m move to West Ham in hope Newcastle step in
- 1 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 2 Swedes set up 'ultimate Viking movie'
- 3 After woman sells virginity for $780,000, here are the results of our prostitution survey
- 4 China agrees to impose carbon targets by 2016
- 5 Far-right French historian, 78-year-old Dominique Venner, commits suicide in Notre Dame in protest against gay marriage
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.