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U.S. qualifier Brian Baker reaches Nice final

May 25, 2012 04:01 PM
Brian Baker of the United States saw his 15-match win streak snapped by Nicolas Almagro.

NICE, France (AP) -- American qualifier Brian Baker outlasted Nikolay Davydenko 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 Friday to advance to the final of the Open de Nice.

The 216th-ranked Baker will face Nicolas Almagro of Spain, who beat Gilles Simon of France 6-1, 6-3 in the other semifinal.

Baker, who will play in his first ATP final, is on a 15-match winning streak. He broke Davydenko, a former No. 3, three times in the deciding set.

Baker's streak began with a challenger victory in the U.S., which earned him a wild card into his first French Open. He qualified in Nice and saved a match point in the quarterfinals against Mikhail Kukushkin.

Almagro, who had lost his previous two matches against Simon, hit eight aces and saved all four break points he faced.

Almagro won on indoor clay in Sao Paulo in February and bids for his 12th career title.



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