Tomic, returning from surgery, loses shortest match in ATP history

by: Kamakshi Tandon March 20, 2014

AP Photo

Jarkko Nieminen has defeated Bernard Tomic in the shortest match in ATP history. The Finn beat Tomic, 6-0, 6-1 in just over 28 minutes in the first round of Miami on Thursday, taking the first nine games of the contest.

The previous record was set in 1996, when Greg Rusedski won 6-0, 6-0 over Carsten Arriens in 29 minutes in Sydney.

Tomic was playing his first match since undergoing hip surgeries after the Australian Open. He was originally scheduled to return at Monte Carlo, but appeared in Miami this week.

"This was the first match back after the operation. It's all part of the rehabilitation process," he said.

"I'm not disappointed. I just have to keep working to improve my game."

More Stories

When she's not running her city, Polly Sierer is chasing tennis balls

Sierer hosts a Tennis With the Mayor program each month. 

Boris Becker: Novak Djokovic will shake second-half slump

The coach expects a more-focused approach from the current world No. 2.

Thanasi Kokkinakis' return date uncertain, says Lleyton Hewitt

The young Australian is currently unranked after battling injuries the past year.