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  • Auckland - Baker upends Janowicz, Malisse through

    1/7/13 4:58 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Auckland - Baker upends Janowicz, Malisse through American Brian Baker made a successful start to the Heineken Open, having rallied to oust 5th seed Jerzy Janowicz. He is joined in round two by Belgium's Xavier Malisse, who took out 7th seed Martin Klizan in three sets.

    Brian Baker def. (5) Jerzy Janowicz 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4

    World No. 59 Brian Baker is through to the second round after rallying to defeat 5th seed Jerzy Janowicz. The 27-year-old American converted two of 17 break points through to a 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 victory in two hours and 17 minutes.

    "It’s definitely the toughest conditions I’ve played in an ATP match," Baker confessed. "I stayed mentally tough. I had so many chances in the match to break and get ahead and I didn’t capitalize on it. But I told myself at some point it has to go my way and then finally it did."

    He will take on either wildcard Daniel King-Turner or qualifier Jesse Levine in the next round.

    Xavier Malisse def. (7) Martin Klizan 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3

    Veteran Xavier Malisse advanced to the second round after holding on to dismiss 7th seed Martin Klizan. The 32-year-old Belgian struck 13 aces en route to a 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3 win in two hours and two minutes. Malisse ended the match with three service breaks and 80% of his first-serve points captured.

    He is slated to face Go Soeda or Santiago Giraldo for a place in the quarterfinals.

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