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Mar 21, 2014

Tennis-Nieminen beats Tomic in record 28 minutes

MIAMI, March 20 (Reuters) – Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen claimed the fastest ever ATP Tour win on Thursday by crushing Australian Bernard Tomic 6-0 6-1 in 28 minutes and 20 seconds to advance to the second round of the Sony Open.

World number 74 Tomic had not played since retiring injured against Rafa Nadal in the Australian Open first round in January and won just 13 points in the shortest match since the Tour began keeping official records in 1991.

Mar 21, 2014

Williams shrugs off slow start to win Miami opener

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams overcame a wobbly start to open the defence of her Sony Open crown with a spirited 7-6(9-7) 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova on Thursday.

Fourth seeded Russian Maria Sharapova, who lost to Williams in last year’s final, turned in a steady opening effort after a shock third round exit at Indian Wells last week, brushing past Japan’s Kurumi Nara 6-3 6-4.

Mar 21, 2014

Tennis-Williams shrugs off slow start to win Miami opener

MIAMI, March 20 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams overcame a wobbly start to open the defence of her Sony Open crown with a spirited 7-6(9-7) 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova on Thursday.

Fourth seeded Russian Maria Sharapova, who lost to Williams in last year’s final, turned in a steady opening effort after a shock third round exit at Indian Wells last week, brushing past Japan’s Kurumi Nara 6-3 6-4.

Mar 21, 2014

Williams shrugs off slow start to speed into third round

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams overcame a wobbly start to open the defence of her Sony Open crown with a spirited 7-6(9-7) 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova on Thursday,

A six-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, Williams’ second round meeting with the 59th-ranked Shvedova was expected to be little more than a tuneup for the 17-time grand slam winner but for a brief moment the match delivered some unexpected suspense.

Mar 21, 2014

Tennis-Williams shrugs off slow start to speed into third round

MIAMI, March 20 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams overcame a wobbly start to open the defence of her Sony Open crown with a spirited 7-6(9-7) 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova on Thursday,

A six-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, Williams’ second round meeting with the 59th-ranked Shvedova was expected to be little more than a tuneup for the 17-time grand slam winner but for a brief moment the match delivered some unexpected suspense.

Mar 20, 2014

Battling Hewitt scraps way to milestone 600th career win

MIAMI (Reuters) – Lleyton Hewitt’s 600th win looked very much like every other of his ATP Tour career as the Australian battler scraped his way past Robin Haase 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the first round of the Sony Open on Thursday.

In a testament to his tenacity, Hewitt became just the third active player to achieve the milestone, joining an elite group that includes two of the all-time greats, Roger Federer (937) and Rafa Nadal (674).

Mar 20, 2014

Tennis-Battling Hewitt scraps way to milestone 600th career win

MIAMI, March 20 (Reuters) – Lleyton Hewitt’s 600th win looked very much like every other of his ATP Tour career as the Australian battler scraped his way past Robin Haase 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the first round of the Sony Open on Thursday.

In a testament to his tenacity, Hewitt became just the third active player to achieve the milestone, joining an elite group that includes two of the all-time greats, Roger Federer (937) and Rafa Nadal (674).

Mar 20, 2014

Like Murray, Djokovic to go it alone in Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) – Andy Murray will not be the only top seed at the Sony Open without a trusted coach by his side as Novak Djokovic said on Thursday that Boris Becker will miss Miami to undergo double hip surgery.

“He has surgery of both hips today and tomorrow, so that’s unfortunate. He couldn’t come, he was supposed to come here,” Djokovic said during a pre-tournament news conference.

Mar 20, 2014

Tennis-Like Murray, Djokovic to go it alone in Miami

MIAMI, March 20 (Reuters) – Andy Murray will not be the only top seed at the Sony Open without a trusted coach by his side as Novak Djokovic said on Thursday that Boris Becker will miss Miami to undergo double hip surgery.

“He has surgery of both hips today and tomorrow, so that’s unfortunate. He couldn’t come, he was supposed to come here,” Djokovic said during a pre-tournament news conference.

Mar 20, 2014

Murray says chewed over split with Lendl over dinner

MIAMI (Reuters) – Andy Murray will try to defend his Sony Open title without coach Ivan Lendl in his corner starting on Friday after the two abruptly ended their two-year partnership in a Miami restaurant.

Murray, who will face Australian Matthew Ebden after receiving a first-round bye, offered few clues as to why he and Lendl had split when addressing a news conference on Thursday, although he reiterated that it had been a mutual decision.