600 up for Hewitt; Tomic thrashed

  • Last Updated: March 21 2014, 9:31 GMT

Australian duo Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic both brought up notable landmarks at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami on Thursday.

Bernard Tomic: Lost the fastest-ever ATP match to Jarkko Nieminen
Bernard Tomic: Lost the fastest-ever ATP match to Jarkko Nieminen

Two-time grand slam winner Hewitt claimed his 600th win on the ATP World Tour with a 2-6 6-3 6-3 success over Robin Haase in the first round of the Masters 1000 event.

For Tomic, the history was rather less wanted. He was on the wrong end of the fastest defeat in ATP history as Jarkko Nieminen raced to a 6-0 6-1 victory over the 21-year-old.

The contest took just 28 minutes and 20 seconds, the shortest ever completed ATP match by one minute.

The previous quickest win had been by Great Britain's Greg Rusedski. He beat German Carsten Arriens 6-0 6-0 at the 1996 Sydney International in just 29 minutes.

Tomic's presence at the event was a surprise, coming ahead of the Australian's expected 12-week recovery schedule after hip surgery which followed his withdrawal from his Australian Open first-round match against Rafael Nadal in January.

Hewitt had also lost the first set in rapid fashion but produced a trademark fightback to set up a second-round clash with world number one Nadal.

Hewitt becomes the 21st player to record 600 wins on the tour but only the third among active players, with Roger Federer having won 942 matches and Nadal 675.

Speaking about win number 600, Hewitt said: "It's not something you focus on, to tell you the truth. I totally forgot. Today was just like another match and an opportunity to go out there and play well.

"Obviously afterwards, it's a great milestone. Not many people get to achieve that. Not many people get the opportunity to get close to that, so it means I've been around for an awfully long time as well. I'm getting old.

"A few years ago when I had the last couple lot of surgeries I probably would have doubted I'd get to this stage anyway. I'm still grateful I'm out there and able to compete with the best guys."

Elsewhere, it was a good day for the home hopes in Miami as Americans Jack Sock, Donald Young and Ryan Harrison progressed to the second round with victories over Guido Pella, Federico Delbonis and Carlos Berlocq respectively.

Coincidentally, all three opponents beaten by the US trio are from Argentina.

Sam Querrey added to the American feelgood factor with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 win over Sergiy Stakhovsky in the night session.

However, Steve Johnson and Bradley Klahn lost to Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Igor Sijsling 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/3) but compatriot Nicolas Mahut lost 7-6 (10/8) 7-6 (7/2) to Denis Istomin.

There were also wins for Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Yen-Hsun Lu, Lukas Lacko, Aljaz Bedene, Joao Sousa and Stephane Robert.


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