Brian Baker's comeback story is nothing short of remarkable, and makes it impossible to root against him. He missed 6.5 years due to a variety of surgeries, and it appeared as if his career as a professional tennis player was over.
Over the past month and a half, Baker has emphatically proven that his career is not over.
He went through the qualifying at a tournament in Nice, and he managed to claw his way all the way to the finals in the main draw.
He followed that breakthrough performance by winning his first match at the French Open, and taking a two-set to love lead against 11th seed Gilles Simon. Unfortunately, Baker was was unable to close the Frenchman and lost the match in five sets.
Even though he lost, Baker proved that he can play winning tennis against the very best players in the world. Thus far at Wimbledon, Baker has only dropped two sets in the main draw after getting through the qualifying draw.
He has a winnable match against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the fourth round. It will take a strong performance for Baker to win, but he couldn't have hoped for a better situation. Although none of Baker's victories at Wimbledon have been over seeded players, he has gotten the job done in his first three matches.
When the draw was released, most assumed that second-seeded Rafael Nadal would easily reach the fourth round. Instead of facing Nadal, Baker will face the 27th seed with a spot in a Grand Slam quarterfinal on the line.
Whether or not Baker beats Kohlschreiber remains to be seen, but Baker had a memorable, impressive first week at the most prestigious tournament in all of tennis. Considering his medical history, any future success is nothing but icing on the cake.