Brian Baker breezes into US Open’s 2nd round

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Against Hajek, who hasn’t won a Grand Slam match since the 2010 Australian Open, Baker saved all six break points he faced.

“It’s true. That was the key to the first two sets, because I had a lot of break points,” Hajek said. “He was playing very solid, serving very well. I had some chances but I didn’t get them, so that’s why he won. … It was tough to read his serve.”

When they finished playing on Court 11, fans cried out for the winner, screaming, “Way to go, Brian Baker!” or “Yeah, Brian!”

His remarkable career comeback sounds like something lifted from the pages of a novel or a Hollywood script.

And he hopes it keeps going.

“Everybody knows I’ve gone through a hard time, and this is where I’ve had some of my best memories,” Baker said. “I was probably a little more nervous coming out here than I wanted to be. But seven years is a long time, and I’m glad I got it done today.”

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