Brian Baker won again in Nice

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  1. Gonzalito17

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    The comeback story of all comeback stories continues, as Brian Baker, out of tennis for six years because of injuries and surgeries, won three qualifying matches and then first round in main draw vs. Sergi Stakhovskiy 7-5 in the third set. He's #216 now and going up and up. Has a French Open WC. Plays Monfils next, he beat La Monf in juniors. Amazing story. If Baker can keep this going, he just might become one of the greatest comeback stories in SPORTS history, not just tennis history.
     
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    What do you mean biggest comeback in sports history? Don't get ahead of yourself. I don't know what happened to him, but he wasn't highly ranked before was he? He's not like Blake, who was at a high level, almost died, and then returned to the elite a few years later. And that's not even a widely known comeback in the sports world.
     
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    Considering Nice is the most coveted trophy in all of sports, that would qualify him for sportsman of the year award and automatic entry into all slams going forward.
     
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    nice story but a bit of an exaggeration, as previous poster said the comeback isn't even on par with Blake's let alone all other sports
     
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    Yeah, this is an exaggeration, but it is a really cool story. I know a guy from Belmont's team that had Baker as his assistant coach. I will definitely be following his results and pulling for him. Not a lot of athletes get a second chance after taking 6 years off because of Tommy John and 2 hip surgeries.
     
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    Forgot to mention why I think what he is doing is so amazing. A year or two ago, he was playing in a local non usta league, and bageling the number one from our team.
     
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    Amazing story and not an exaggeration by the OP imo. To come back after so long and be winning tournaments is astounding.
     
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  8. BlueClayIsRealClay

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    Good podcast interview with Baker on his comeback on SI.
     
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    I would consider Zanardi coming back to racing after having lost both legs in a car crash a bigger comeback. Also Lance Armstrong winning tour de France six times after successfully fighting cancer.
    Still happy for Brian, good luck to him!
     
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    He's up 2-0 in the first against Monfils right now
     
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    It would have been more impressive without the doping.
     
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    Up 6-3, 6-6 on Mofils right now. Go Brian!
     
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    Baker won 7-6(9)
     
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    He's got a nice ROS. Pretty much hit a winner off nearly every second serve and was putting the first serves back deep consistently.

    Into the Nice QF

    Right now his live ranking is 179 with a win tomorrow he'll be 160 (will pass his former career high of #172 achieved in 2004)

    Baker vs Kukushikin in the QF, tomorrow.
     
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  15. bluetrain4

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    Kukushkin is a winnable match, correct?
     
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    Zanardi's a doper??
     
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    We'll find out tomorrow :)
     
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  18. Tomic should have destoryed Kukushkin easily....He was dominating him and started acting like a tool and blowing his lead and chances ......
     
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  19. jdubbs

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    Congrats Brian! I didn't even know who you were before this thread existed lol
     
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    Incredible amount of talent to go from about 800 in the world 10 months ago to nearly top 150 today.
     
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    Former American teen phenom Brian Baker continued his amazing comeback story on Wednesday by defeating No. 13 Gael Monfils, 6-3, 7-6 (9) at the Open de Nice.

    It was the 27-year-old's first match against a player ranked in the top 50 since he beat reigning French Open champion Gaston Gaudio at the 2005 U.S. Open. In between, Baker underwent five surgeries that sidelined him for four years. Left hip, right hip, sports hernia, left hip (again), Tommy John surgery. The injuries knocked him out before he ever had a chance to get in.

    He went back to school, healed from his ailments and returned to professional tennis in 2011. Baker had played in a French Open boys final against Stainslas Wawrinka. He defeated Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in junior events. He played in three U.S. Opens. Now he was in a futures event in Florida, earning 18 rankings points off five wins against players ranked in mid-1000s.

    Last month, Baker won eight matches in Savannah to earn an American qualifying spot in the French Open. He traveled to Nice last week and won three qualifying matches to earn a spot in the main draw. The victory over Monfils was his second of the tournament. It is Baker's first tournament off North American soil in six years.

    Baker is No. 216 in the ATP rankings and rising. He should move past his career high of No. 176 after this week.

    "I'm confident," Baker told the Wall Street Journal recently. "But being out for so long, I know how quickly it can be taken away from you. I'm going to do everything in my power that this time, it's for a long time."
     
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    ^^^ Wow 8 wins in one tourney to qualify for the French. Big wins. Kudos, good to see an American out there doing well.
     
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    Bryan can play amazing on clay but in his post match interview he said that he was happy he had beaten monfils and on clay too! Like its not his surface and he is still smashing clay courters left and right, on the other hand he might have refered to monf being a good dirt player, but I doubt that.

    Just think what he will do on grass with his s and v or on american hardcourts.
     
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    He was one of the best junior players in the world before he was injured numerous times, he made the French Open finals and routinely beat Murray, Djokovic and Tsonga as a junior. He was considered a bigger talent than Blake.
     
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  25. r2473

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    Who says "Nice" guys finish last?
     
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    Nice story. Second time I'm reading about him on TW.

    Does anyone have a youtube vid of his match against Monfils?

    Actually, any youtube vids of him at all?

    Thanks.
     
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    Anybody have an video of him? What's his game like?
     
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    Similar game to Djokovic, really solid backhand, but not quite as quick.
     
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    Thanks for the link Storm!
     
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    Baker plays kind of like a stiffer Djokovic, not quite as agile or fluid. Very similar body types. Solid backhand, good forehand. pretty quick but not cat quick. Very poised and professional, he has a champion's demeanor, very focused. Also very classy and humble on court and off.
     
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    This is a great story and I wish him the best. Looking at the Nice schedule, I see that he got the night match on center court so his recent triumphs are resonating with the locals as well. Being older and more mature player than the other up and comers and with his history, you know that he is truly savoring and fighting hard out there. If he can manage to win a few rounds at Roland Garros, I know that ESPN or Tennis Channel are salivating to produce a tug at your heart strings, feel good segment on him.
     
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    Read on Twitter that fans came up after the match asking for his wristbands, and he said no...they were the only ones he had.
     
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    Split the first set with Kukushkin. Lets go Brian
     
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    Never seen him play. How does he play?
     
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    wow he's got a great 2hb dtl. Close match in 3rd set.
    He is an aggressive power baseliner I think.

    Hurrah, he beat Kukushkin in 3rd set tiebreak, tough match.
     
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    To the semis in an ATP 250! An American who can win on clay, who would have thought :). Davydenko is up next for him, win or lose what a great experience for him.
     
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    It's getting almost surreal now.
     
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    Great job on the comeback! I remember watching him years ago in the USO and was pretty impressed. :)

    -Jon
     
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    He's no Donald Young, that's for sure.
     
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    ^a lot of posters here ragged on him for not going to college. he struggled when he 1st turned pro.

    here's a post from 2006

     
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    Great for American tennis if that's true! Someone needs to start making up for all these years of Rod-dick on the tour.
     
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  44. Moose Malloy

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    from his interview at the '05 USO

     
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    He did it again! Great to have stories like this any week, but especially in a 250 week like this one.
     
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    Definitely worth watching. Baker match is available any minute now on live stream if you can stand the ads. lshunter.tv is one spot
     
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    Thanks rufus, didn't know about that site. Working great.
     
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    Baker was down 2-5 and two breaks to Davydenko in the first set - he broke twice and is back on serve at 5-5!!!
     
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    Well. I'll be damned. Baker is a boss!
     
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