Baker through to face Tsonga
Scotland's Jamie Baker set up a second-round clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after beating England's Oliver Golding at the AEGON Championships.
Baker will take another step on his remarkable recovery from a life-threatening blood disease on Wednesday when he takes on Tsonga at Queen's.
Baker, from Glasgow, moved in to the last 32 on Tuesday afternoon when he beat Golding 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 at the Wimbledon warm-up event in west London.
After watching Tsonga edge to the brink of victory over Novak Djokovic at the French Open last week, Baker admits he is daunted by the prospect of facing the hugely powerful Frenchman, but the reality is that the Scot is grateful just to be alive, let alone be in a position to play against such prestigious opposition.
Four years ago at the age of 21 Baker was in intensive care for three days in Florida after being diagnosed with the deadly blood disease idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
The British number three was told he was unlikely to play again, but he made a full recovery and now looks set to climb in to the top 200, something which he thinks is down to the resilience he has built since being struck down by ITP.
"Recovering from that was obviously bigger than any tennis match or anything I'll ever do on the tennis court," he said.
"Everything else at the time paled in to insignificance.
"When I came back I realised how tough it was going to be to actually get my fitness back.
"I was on the court, but my body had been knocked to the floor basically.
"But it's not something that I think about now. In fact, I see it actually as part of why I'm at my highest ranking now.
"I have had to be pretty strong to get through and come back from something like that."
Baker's recovery from the illness has been hit by ankle and abdominal muscle injuries, but he is now full of confidence having beaten English prodigy Golding and being handed a wild card in to Wimbledon.
But he is under no illusions as to how hard it will be to defeat Tsonga, who reached the final here last summer before losing to Andy Murray.
When asked what he would consider being a good week for him at Queen's, Baker said: "Have you seen who I play next?!
"I was watching him play Djokovic last week.
"I said to the person I was watching with: 'I wonder what I'd actually do if I played one of these guys?'
"I guess I'm going to have to think about that tonight now!"
Baker's one meeting with Tsonga ended in a straight sets defeat to the Frenchman in Lanzarote five years ago.
"Individually this is definitely my biggest match," he said. "He's unbelievable athlete."
Other than Andy Murray, who plays Nicolas Mahut tomorrow, Baker will be the only Briton in the second round of the tournament after James Ward crashed out to Kevin Anderson despite a spirited performance from the Londoner on centre court.
Ward, who reached the semi-finals last summer after beating Stanislas Wawrinka and 2010 champion Sam Querrey, raised hopes of another upset when he took the first set off the world number 30 on centre court in the duo's rain-delayed match.
But Ward's serve was poor in the final two sets and Anderson's power proved too much, allowing the South African to ease to a relatively comfortable 4-6 6-3 6-4 win.
Ward now hopes to move on from the defeat by performing well at Wimbledon next month.
"Obviously if I can make third, fourth round of Wimbledon, no-one's going to be talking about this match at Queen's," he said.
"I have to stay positive, keep working hard this week, and look forward to next week."
Stockport's Liam Broady, 18, could only win three games on his main tour debut against Gilles Muller, who recorded a 6-1 6-2 victory on court one.