Brian Baker Falls in Second Round of U.S. Open Men's Singles and Doubles
FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. - - Belmont University men's tennis assistant coach emeritus Brian Baker fell to eight-seeded Janko Tipsarevic in the second round of the 2012 U.S. Open Friday.
After displaying a wide variety of touch and power in a straight set victory over Jan Hajek in Wednesday's first round match, Baker simply could not work into a rhythm. And the ever-capable Serbian had much to do with that.
Tipsarevic tallied 14 aces and 34 winners, while claiming 78 percent of points on his first serve. By contrast, Baker committed an uncharacteristic 44 unforced errors and capitalized on only one of three break point opportunities.
The Nashville, Tenn. native reached the Round of 16 earlier this summer at the Championships Wimbledon, and also won a match at this year's French Open. Baker also reached the final of the ATP Open de Nice.
UPDATE -- In the second round of the doubles draw, Baker and and partner Rajeev Ram fell to No. 14 seed Colin Flemming and Ross Hutchins of Great Britain 7-5, 6-3.