American qualifier Brian Baker is on his way to a dream comeback after he moved into the Nice Open semifinals by defeating Russia’s Mikhail Kukushkin 4-6 6-3 7-6 (4).
Baker, who was once considered one of the most talented players on tour, has reached the boy’s Roland Garros singles final in 2003. But many various injuries stopped him from competining and four years ago, while studying, he started working as a tennis coach.
His last year’s decision to give it one more go may prove to be the best decision he has ever made. After coming through the qualifying round in Nice, he upset the no.4 seed Gael Monfils in round 2, beating him 6-3 7-6 (9).
His semifinal opponent will be Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, who beat top seed American John Isner in straight sets 6-4 7-6 (4).