Fish, Baker Win Opening Matches

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More than most folks at the All England Club, Mardy Fish and Brian Baker are genuinely happy to be here.

There are plenty of perks, like free changeover towels (which cost 25 pounds for the general public), loads of Slazenger yellow balls and practice time at the picturesque Aorangi Park.

But when your life flashes before your eyes, you gain a deeper appreciation for the simpler pleasures of chasing a ball. Fish said he thought he was going to die two months ago when he awoke with his heart beating three times too fast. Baker was out of tennis for six years with a series of gruesome injuries.

Tuesday, they both played their way into Wimbledon's second round.

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