Baker's run halted by Rosol

  • Last Updated: January 15 2013, 8:26 GMT

Britain's Jamie Baker slipped to a 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-2 defeat at the hands of Lukas Rosol in the first round of the Australian Open.

Jamie Baker: First-round exit
Jamie Baker: First-round exit

Baker, who came through qualifying in Melbourne, had his chances and served for the first two sets, but failed to get the better of the Czech who beat Rafa Nadal at Wimbledon last year.

After a serve-dominated start, Baker broke for a 6-5 lead in the opening set only for Rosol to immediately wipe out the deficit and take the set to a tie-break which he won.

Baker claimed an early break in the second set and led 5-3 but once again Rosol hit back to rattle off four games on the trot to take a two-set advantage.

And when Baker, who was bidding to reach the second round of a grand slam event for the first time, dropped serve early in the third set there was to be no reprieve for the world No 246 as the unseeded Czech wrapped up the victory.

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