It’s an interesting story mainly due to the runner-up: Baker, a talented junior with promising first steps in men’s tennis, who suffered a series of injuries that sidelined him for 5 years. He came back in 2011 to enjoy good results in the Untied States (Futures & Challenger level) and decided to make a trip to Nice ’12 to play his first European event since 2005: won three qualifying matches & another four in the main draw ousting i.a. Monfils & Davydenko! In the final he led 3:2* in the opening set when lost five successive games. Almagro fired 7 aces in his first three service games.
Almagro’s route to the title:
2 Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6(5), 6-4
Q Steve Darcis 6-4, 6-4
S Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-3
W Brian Baker 6-3, 6-2
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