Britain's Jamie Baker looks to reach his second challenger semi-final of the season when he takes on Michael Yani in the Binghamton Challenger.
Aged 25 Baker has suffered and experienced more to last many people a lifetime. The Brit nearly died a few years ago when he contracted a rare and deadly virus but incredibly he's worked his way back to the top 200 and is playing some of the best tennis of his life. Baker enjoyed a solid grass-court season, winning matches at Queens and Eastbourne and he's at his best in the States where his fitness, consistency and mental strength helps him tough out matches.
Never was that more evident than during his second round clash with the promising American youngster Christian Harrison. Ranked 690 in the world, Harrison has a precociously mature game for an 18 year old and he had Baker on the ropes at times. The Brit had to fight back from 5-3 down in the first set before eventually coming through 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-1.
On paper he's the favourite against Yani, a 31 year old ranked 261 in the world but having seen both their second round matches, I expect the American to win this one. Yani was superb against the in-form Alex Bogdanovic who couldn't get close to his serve, winning comfortably 6-3, 6-4. Baker is a much better returner than Bogdanovic and will chase down more balls but Yani looks to have more firepower and he was finding the corners with deadly accuracy off both wings on Wednesday.
Prediction: Yani in two.