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Baker through to main draw

Jamie Baker will take his place in the main draw of a Grand Slam outside Wimbledon for only the second time after winning his final qualifying match for the Australian Open.

The Glaswegian, ranked 246 in the world, enjoyed a wonderful 6-4 1-6 6-3 victory over American Donald Young who this time last year was ranked 39th.

He will play Lukas Rosol, the Czech who caused a sensation at Wimbledon last year by beating Rafael Nadal.

A break in the seventh game handed Baker the first set and although he was swamped in the second, he responded superbly to break early in the decider, aided by a Young double fault.

The American threatened numerous times on the Baker serve but the 26-year-old held his nerve to advance.

"I am going to have a nice early night," he said. "I am tired. Tomorrow I can relax and let everything sink in."

It is just the second time he has managed to make the main draw of a grand slam event outside Wimbledon - he lost in the first round in Melbourne to Ivo Karlovic in 2008.

There was no such fortune for James Ward, who was unable to find a way past Germany's Julian Reister, losing 6-3 7-5.

A solitary break cost him the opening set and Reister, ranked 49 places below Ward at 296 in the world, broke twice more in the second to go through.