WIMBLEDON, England – The improbable run of Belmont men's tennis assistant Brian Baker at Wimbledon ended on Tuesday as he fell in his fourth round match at the All-England Club. Baker lost to #27 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in three sets: 6-1, 7-6, and 6-3.
In the first set, Kohlschreiber broke the Nashville native early and took an early 3-1 lead. Baker had an opportunity to break back in the next game, but a rain delay thwarted his chance and after the delay, the German cruised to 6-1 set win. Set two saw Baker push it to a tiebreaker, but a couple bad bounces allowed Kohlschreiber to take control of the tiebreak and win the second set 7-6. In the third set, Kohlschreiber maintained his momentum, broke Baker early, and won the set 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. For the match. Kohlschreiber hit 46 winners and had only 12 unforced errors.
Baker was attempting to become just the third American qualifier ever to advance to the quarterfinals at the All England Club.
The loss ends a remarkable two-month span for Baker. In addition to his run to the round of 16 at Wimbledon, he also finished second at the ATP Tour event in Nice in late May and reached the second round of the French Open. In addition, he moved up to 78th in the ATP World Rankings.
After returning to Nashville, Baker is scheduled to play in the ATP Tour's BB&T Atlanta Open on July 14-22 and should have a spot secured in the main draw of the U.S. Open scheduled for August 27-September 9 in New York City.
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