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His next opponent in Melbourne is another American on the comeback trail _ Brian Baker. The 27-year-old Baker also had surgery on his right elbow, in February 2008, one of five major operations he underwent over a six-year span. Baker started 2012 ranked No. 456 in the world; by the end of the year, he was up to 61st.

Querrey and Baker have only played each other once _ at a Challenger event in Sarasota, Florida, last April. Querrey won that match in three sets.

“We’ve both sort of come a long way since then,” Querrey said.


Associated Press writer Justin Bergman contributed to this report.