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Baker joins Murray in Australian Open main draw

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Jamie Baker joins Andy Murray in the Australian Open first round © Getty Images

Jamie Baker defied the odds to join Andy Murray in the Australian Open main draw after coming through qualifying in Melbourne.

The British No. 2, who was diagnosed with a rare blood disease in 2008, defeated American Donald Young 6-4 1-6 6-3 in the final round of qualifying.

It is only the second time Baker has been in the first main draw of a grand slam outside of Wimbledon - he lost in the Australian Open first round to Ivo Karlovic in 2008.

"It's huge," he said. "These grand slams are so competitive now; there are so many very good players and you really have to play three very good matches."

In Roger Federer's quarter of the drraw, Baker will face Czech Lukas Rosol in the first round with a potential second-round clash against No. 13 seed Milos Raonic.

Rosol famously dealt Rafael Nadal a shock second round defeat at Wimbledon last year. The Spaniard has not been seen since that defeat and is continuing his recovery from a knee injury.

However, there was disappointment for James Ward, who was beaten by Germany's Julian Reister 6-3 7-5 in the final round of qualifying.

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