March 20, 2014: Jarkko Nieminen downs Bernard Tomic in 28 minutes in Miami


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March 20, 2014: Jarkko Nieminen downs Bernard Tomic in 28 minutes in Miami

On this day four years ago tennis enthusiasts were swiftly checking the record books after the first round encounter at Miami Masters when Jarkko Nieminen toppled Bernard Tomic 6-0 6-1 in 28 minutes, in what has been one of the shortest matches since the ATP started to trace the stats in 1991. It wasn't the shortest match on the Tour though, as Francisco Clavet defeated Shan Jiang 6-0 6-0 in Shanghai back in 2001 in 25 minutes, but it certainly attracted a lot of attention by the media.

Tomic had to retire against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open two months earlier and this was his first match after a surgery on both hips that he underwent in between. Jarkko served at 82% and he lost just six points on serve, keeping all the pressure on the other side of the net.

Bernard was not in the mood of playing a serious match and he claimed miserable seven points in six service games, getting broken five times from as many chances he gave to Jarkko. The first set was over in just 13 minutes and Tomic was struggling to win a point right from the start, setting the tone for the rest of the match.

The Aussie managed to win one game in set number two and the match was completed when he netted an easy backhand, unable to stay on the court for at least half an hour. Bernard struggled to find the form in the next four months as well before he finally started to play better in Bogota in July, edging Ivo Karlovic 7-6 3-6 7-6 to win the second ATP title.

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