Baker's run ended
Kohlschreiber through to first Wimbledon quarter-final
Last Updated: July 3, 2012 9:46pm
Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany booked his first Wimbledon quarter-final with a 6-1 7-6 6-3 victory over Brian Baker.
Kohlschreiber completed a third successive straight sets win in his fourth round match against the American, whose story has been one of the talking points of the event so far.
Baker, 27, was a promising youngster but feared he was a spent force on the professional circuit when a string of injuries halted his career.
He had five operations and took a job as an assistant tennis coach at Belmont University in his native Nashville.
But after almost six years off the tour Baker has returned and found the form of his life, winning through qualifying before taking down Rui Machado, Jarkko Nieminen and Benoit Paire on his march to the fourth round on his Wimbledon debut.
Baker saw his serve broken early by Kohlschreiber before rain caused a delay to the Court 12 tussle. Once they returned, Kohlschreiber sped through the rest of the opening set.
The next was far tighter, neither man able to make a breakthrough against serve until the tie-break when Kohlschreiber scuppered Baker's hopes of drawing level.
Baker had failed to take break chances during the set, and going two sets behind left him with little chance.
Briefly it seemed the theme of the second set would continue, but then Kohlschreiber broke through and the end was in sight for Baker.
Kohlschreiber, meanwhile, becomes the fourth German to reach the quarter-finals. Sabine Lisicki and Angelique Kerber, who were preparing to face each other on Centre Court later on Tuesday, claimed fine wins in the fourth round, with Florian Mayer and Kohlschreiber following them through.
Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take on Kohlschreiber in the last eight after overcoming American Mardy Fish 4-6 7-6 6-4 6-4.
The Frenchman defied a stiff back to complete the quarter-final line-up as he progressed to his third successive appearance in the last eight at Wimbledon in three hours and 18 minutes.
Tsonga lost the first set before the match was suspended on Monday, and it was halted twice more because of rain after the resumption - the last time with the Tsonga leading 4-2 in the fourth set.
Last year's semi-finalist required treatment after levelling matters 7-4 in the second set tie-break and returned the better player, rescuing two break points to wrap up the third set.
Tsonga went a break up early in the fourth and looked poised to romp to victory before the drizzle returned, delaying proceedings for two hours before he was able to complete the win - aptly closing out the win with an ace - his 20th in all.