Baccanello managed to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon in 2003. He defeated former top 100 player Ivo Heuberger in the first round, before falling in a tight four set match to Croatian Ivo Karlović in the second round. As a result, he earned a career best prize-money of over $23,000 and rose 37 places in the ATP rankings. In arguably his best performance to date, he did manage to reach the semi-finals of the Challenger event at Segovia in 2003, where he played Rafael Nadal. In a close match, Paul took Rafael to a tie-break in the first set, before Nadal took control in the second set, winning 7-6 6-4. His career high singles ranking of 129 was achieved on 3 November 2003, after other strong performances on the Challenger circuit. His current singles ranking is 439.
Paul currently has a 2–8 ATP record and has earned a total of $261,855 prize money in his career, but the costs involved with being a struggling tennis player far outweigh this, believed to have cost in the realm of $400,000.
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