Nashville's Brian Baker continued on his unlikely comeback Saturday, rolling to a four-set win and reaching the fourth round of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
Baker, 27, swept to a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Benoit Paire. He took control with three third-set service breaks against the Frenchman.
Baker lost just two sets in his three wins over the first week of the year’s third Grand Slam event.
He next meets Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany on Monday for a spot in the quarterfinals.
"This is hard to put into words,'' Baker said in an ESPN courtside interview just after the match. "I'm feeling pretty good out there.''
Baker squandered a couple of match points the final game before he finally served it out.
"It's never easy to close out a match, and there were some windy conditions which made things more difficult,'' he said.
The Kohlschreiber, ranked 30th, stopped Czech Lukas Rosol in straight sets Saturday. Rosol had knocked out No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in five sets two days earlier.
"Obviously, [Kohlschreiber ] is a great player,” Baker said. “We'll go back and come up with a game plan and try to keep things going. This is pretty exciting, getting to the fourth round.''