Baker reaches main draw

  • Last Updated: January 12 2013, 8:34 GMT

Jamie Baker joined Andy Murray in the main draw at the Australian Open on Saturday - but there was disappointment for James Ward.

Jamie Baker is all smiles after winning through
Jamie Baker is all smiles after winning through

Baker enjoyed a wonderful 6-4 1-6 6-3 victory in the final round of qualifying over American Donald Young, who was ranked 39th in the world at the end of 2011.

The Glaswegian, ranked 246, landed a first-round match with Lukas Rosol, the Czech who caused a sensation at Wimbledon last year by beating Rafael Nadal.

A break in the seventh game handed Baker the first set and although he was swamped in the second, he responded superbly to break early in the decider, aided by a Young double fault.

The American threatened numerous times on the Baker serve but the 26-year-old held his nerve to advance.

It is just the second time he has managed to make the main draw of a grand slam event outside Wimbledon - he lost in the first round in Melbourne to Ivo Karlovic in 2008 - but he insisted there would be no wild celebrations tonight.

"I am going to have a nice early night," he said. "I am tired. "Tomorrow I can relax and let everything sink in."

Ward was unable to find a way past Germany's Julian Reister, losing 6-3 7-5.

A solitary break cost him the opening set and Reister, ranked 49 places below Ward at 296 in the world, broke twice more in the second to go through.


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