THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Baker Continues Remarkable Run; Kohlschreiber Beats Nadal's Conqueror Rosol
by ATP Staff|
American qualifier Brian Baker continued his incredible comeback from injury by booking his place in the Wimbledon fourth round for the first time on Saturday.
Baker, 27, who underwent five surgeries between November 2005 and July 2011, defeated France’s Benoit Paire 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in two hours and 21 minutes.
"I'm sure I will [pinch myself]," said Baker. "It's been unreal. When I'm on the court I know I definitely have nerves. Closing out the match you definitely know what's on the table, what you can accomplish. I missed a few shots at the end that I probably wouldn't miss, if it was the quarters of an [ATP] Challenger and not trying to get to the round of 16 at Wimbledon.
"It is crazy kind of what's going on. But I'm still trying to stay focused on the task at hand and not get too wrapped around. I'm trying to, every match, go in there hungry and try to win the next one instead of, 'I'm in the Round of 16 of Wimbledon; this is awesome.'"
He started 2012 ranked No. 458 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, but could move to around World No. 78 as a result of today’s victory.
He will next challenge German No. 27 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber , who beat Rafael Nadal’s conqueror, Lukas Rosol, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(6) in one hour and 37 minutes to reach the fourth round of a major championship for the fifth time. It was his 30th match win of the season (30-14 overall).
On facing Baker for a place in the quarter-finals, Kohlschreiber said, "It's a great chance for both of us, I think. If you play in the last 16 and you're not facing Federer, Nadal, Murray, whatever, the big guys, it's a great chance to reach the quarter-finals, for sure. He's played three good matches here, so I think it's going to be a tough one."