Britain's Jamie Baker has won through to the first round of the Australian Open
Jamie Baker will take his place in the main draw of the Australian Open in Melbourne after winning his final qualifier.
Last Updated: 13/01/13 3:09pm
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.