Impressive Baker has ‘belief’ as he dismantles top 50 opponent in straight sets

Jamie Baker pictured: Jane Stokes
Jamie Baker pictured: Jane Stokes

British number three Jamie Baker cruised to a straight-sets victory over world number 50 Donald Young to book himself a place in the second round of the men’s draw.

Baker, ranked 200 in the world, lost his opening serve but bounced straight back to take the first set 6-1 against the American.

His good form continued into the second as he notched a 6-4 lead to take the set and match on Centre Court.

Baker said, “In a competitive match, that’s the best win in terms of ranking, without a doubt. It was definitely up there.

“There was probably a bit of expectation on myself, not to win but to play to a similar level to last week when I played Tsonga.

“Today showed there isn’t a huge difference in gulf between ranks. Grass court is definitely a leveller and if I stay fit, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t reach the ranks of Donald Young.

“The word that I keep pressing is belief. Belief is a big word.

“I’ll take it a step at a time. My next goal is to reach 150.”

The 25-year-old joins the likes of Richard Gasquet, Bernard Tomic and Marcos Baghdatis in the second round at Devonshire Park but will have to record another high-ranking scalp if he’s to progress to the third round as either world number 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber or world number 54 Go Sodea await him in the next stage.