With John Isner back home nursing an injured knee, the last thing American tennis needed was another injury. Yet three days into the Australian Open, that is exactly what has happened, as fate has decreed that the Brian Baker is the next to fall -- literally.
Playing against Sam Querrey on Court 6 at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, Baker went down during the second set, clutching a knee that locked. The injury, yet to be diagnosed, forced the oft-injured Baker to retire with a 7-6, 1-1 lead, leaving Querrey devastated at what had happened to his compatriot.
"He's the last person that deserves anything like that with his five or six surgeries already," said Querrey, referring to the fact that Baker was out of the game for five years with a series of injuries before making a highly successful comeback early last year. "He does everything right; treats his body great, just trying to come back and then something like that happens. It's just so unlucky."
Querrey said that Baker told him ...