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Tennis: Tomic trounced in record fashion

Australian standout Bernard Tomic suffered the fastest defeat in ATP history Thursday, crashing out of the ATP Miami Masters hardcourt event in his first match following January hip surgery. The world number 74 lost 6-0, 6-1 to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in a record 28 minutes, 20 seconds -- the shortest ATP Tour match ever recorded, beating the old mark by a mere minute. Tomic was unruffled by the defeat, in which he lost the first nine games.

Tennis: Tomic trounced in record fashion

Australian standout Bernard Tomic suffered the fastest defeat in ATP history Thursday, crashing out of the ATP Miami Masters hardcourt event in his first match following January hip surgery. The world number 74 lost 6-0, 6-1 to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in a record 28 minutes, 20 seconds, the shortest ATP Tour match ever recorded, beating the old mark by a mere minute. Tomic was unruffled by the defeat, in which he lost the first nine games.

Tennis: Tomic facing months out with hip surgery

Young Australian star Bernard Tomic is likely to be out of tennis for up to three months after scans revealed a long-standing hip injury, a report said Sunday. Tomic tried to delay surgery until after Australia's Davis Cup against France later this month, but was overruled by doctors and will face surgery this month in Melbourne, News Ltd newspapers said. Tomic was jeered by the home crowd after retiring injured after one set of his first-round match with Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Tennis: Tomic says he's 'misunderstood' after Aussie boos

Bernard Tomic Wednesday insisted he's misunderstood by his fellow Australians but is determined to realise his potential after a backlash over his early injury retirement at the Australian Open. The gifted but as yet unfulfilled 21-year-old drew boos and jeers when he retired with a groin injury when a set down to world number one Rafael Nadal in their first-round match on Tuesday. His decision to quit rather than exacerbate a groin injury did not impress the capacity night crowd at Rod Laver Arena, and again raised questions about the desire of the world number 57.

Tennis: Nadal through after Tomic retirement at Open

Top seed Rafael Nadal eased through to the second round of the Australian Open after local hope Bernard Tomic retired with an injury after the first set on Tuesday. The Spaniard won the opening set 6-4 before the Australian called it quits with a thigh injury, to boos from the crowd. Tomic looked to be in discomfort from the injury and sought courtside treatment throughout the set from a physio. Despite that Tomic, the world number 57, traded games with the Spanish world number one until he was broken in the ninth game.

Tennis: Hewitt urges Tomic to defy pain against Nadal

Lleyton Hewitt has urged Bernard Tomic to play through the pain barrier if he is to pull off a monumental upset over Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. Tomic's work ethic has been questioned in the past but Grand Slam warrior Hewitt has backed his Davis Cup team-mate to stretch the top seed. "It's going to be tough for him (Tomic) to go with Rafa for five sets," Hewitt said ahead of Tuesday's blockbuster. "It turns into a physical battle. That's what Rafa does to everyone out there.

Tennis: Del Potro overpowers Tomic in Sydney final

Juan Martin del Potro bludgeoned Bernard Tomic with his powerful forehand to win a lopsided Sydney International final on Saturday. The Argentine world number five took just 53 minutes to master the Australian defending champion 6-3, 6-1. It was del Potro's 18th career title and he became the first Argentine to win in Sydney since David Nalbandian in 2009. It was the ideal lead in to Monday's Australian Open for del Potro, who plays a qualifier in the first round and is seeded to face world number one Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Del Potro overpowers Tomic in Sydney final

Juan Martin del Potro bludgeoned Bernard Tomic with his powerful forehand to win the Sydney International final on Saturday. The Argentine world number five took just 53 minutes to put away the Australian defending champion 6-3, 6-1. It was del Potro's 18th career title and he became the first Argentine to win in Sydney since David Nalbandian in 2009. It was the ideal lead in to Monday's Australian Open for del Potro, who plays a qualifier in the first round and is seeded to face world number one Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Del Potro overpowers Tomic in Sydney final

Juan Martin del Potro bludgeoned Bernard Tomic with his powerful forehand to win a lopsided Sydney International final on Saturday. The Argentine world number five took just 53 minutes to master the Australian defending champion 6-3, 6-1. It was del Potro's 18th career title and he became the first Argentine to win in Sydney since David Nalbandian in 2009. It was the ideal lead in to Monday's Australian Open for del Potro, who plays a qualifier in the first round and is seeded to face world number one Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Father just the Tomic in Sydney despite ban

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The presence of his banned father watching from courtside boosted Bernard Tomic's game as he opened the defense of his Sydney International title with a 6-3 6-0 demolition of eighth seed Marcel Granollers on Tuesday. "Having my dad there is a very good feeling," Tomic told reporters after the victory over his Spanish opponent. "Obviously winning my first title here gives a lot of memories to me. I'm happy the way I played today. Having my dad there for the first time in a while, it's good.
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