Posted: Wednesday January 16, 2013 12:14 AM

Injured again, Baker out of Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - After being sidelined with injuries for nearly six years, Brian Baker was finally back on the court with a second chance at a professional career.

Playing in his first Australian Open at the age of 27, Baker had just won the first set in his second-round match against fellow American Sam Querrey when his body gave out on him again.

With the score level at 1-1 in the second set, he crumpled to the court after hitting a shot and shouted in pain, grasping his right knee.

While the severity of the knee injury wasn't immediately known, the setback was undoubtedly a heartbreaking one for a player who had five major surgeries in six years - but had never had a knee problem until Wednesday.

 
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