Best Comebacks of the Year

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Best Comebacks of the Year
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When it comes to comebacks, how do you top the story Brian Baker created this year? It was an astonishing return to pro tennis by a guy who was sidelined for six years after enduring five surgeries. But I have to pass on the semi-miraculous and give the nod to a more conventional but also more productive and consistent display of self-belief, determination, and outstanding play. At the start of 2012, Tommy Haas was 33, ranked outside the Top 200, and coming off a potentially career-ending hip injury (and surgery) that kept him out of action for 14 months starting in February 2010. But Haas decided to take another shot with his elegant game that had been a staple of the tour since 1996, and earned him a career-high ranking of No. 2 a decade ago...

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