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Tomic loses shortest match on record
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Bernard Tomic of Australia plays a backhand shot in his finals match against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina during the Sydney International Tennis Tournament in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Del Potro won the match 6-3, 6-1. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
March 20, 2014, 11:15 pm

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) 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.

"I felt like I did the best as I could, and I'm happy that I'm coming back," Tomic said. "Hopefully in a little bit of time I can get back to 100 percent. It's not easy, but I'm trying, doing everything and trying my best to get there."

Tomic, an Australian, was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2011. He has been ranked as high as 27th and is now 74th.

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