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Brian Baker reflects on his first-round exit to Simone Bolelli at the Australian Open, which marks his return to professional tennis for the first time in three years.

Baker Reflects On Return To Tennis

The 30-year-old American talks about how he has bounced back from injury

Brian Baker returned to professional tennis at the Australian Open on Tuesday, when he made a first-round exit to Simone Bolelli in the first round.

Playing his first tour-level match in almost two and a half years, the American was beaten by Bolelli, 7-6(6), 7-6(3), 6-7(2), 7-6(5). Baker saved three match points serving at 5-6 in the third set, but ultimately fell to Bolelli in three hours and 39 minutes.

The 30-year-old Baker had not played on tour since the 2013 US Open (l. to Hewitt in 1R), having undergone right knee surgery.

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