Australian Bernard Tomic loses shortest ATP match on record
Rafael Nadal of Spain dries himself down after Bernard Tomic of Australia retired from their first round match injured at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, March 21, 2014 6:29AM EDT
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Australia's Bernard Tomic lost the shortest completed ATP match on record Thursday, lasting only 28 minutes at the Sony Open in his first tournament since undergoing surgery on both hips.
Ending a two-month layoff, Tomic won just 13 points and lost to Jarkko Nieminen 6-0, 6-1. It was the quickest match since the ATP started keeping such records in 1991.
Nieminen lost only three points in seven service games. The first set took just 13 minutes; the second was only slightly more competitive.
Tomic was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2011. He has been ranked as high as 27th and is now 74th.