Daily Bagel: Nieminen beats Tomic in 28 minutes, the shortest ATP match ever

Thursday March 20th, 2014


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• Video: Bernard Tomic's final shot in his 6-0, 6-1 loss to Jarkko Nieminen. The match clocked in at 28 minutes and 20 seconds, officially the shortest ATP match ever.

• Doug Robson discusses the pressure Stanislas Wawrinka is under since his quick rise after the Australian Open.

"It took me a lot of energy after the Australian Open to realize what really happened, for sure," Wawrinka told USA Today Sports in an interview in Indian Wells, Calif., last week.

"For the first time I was a little bit scared not to play good and not to be ready for the tournament," he said of the attention and pressure, plus the rust of a nearly month-long break since Melbourne.

Fear, in general, does not seem to be in French-speaking Wawrinka's vocabulary. As a kid he recklessly barreled down Swiss mountains on skis. He enjoys skydiving. His game is built on daring-do, most notably his stunning one-handed backhand.

"I was quite crazy," he says. "I'm still crazy."

For the past 15 months, that same audacity and intrepid shotmaking have fueled his rise and intimidated opponents.

To keep his newfound place in the top 5 or win another Slam or two, Wawrinka knows he must manage increased expectations while sticking to his bold brand of tennis.

Simona Halep says back at home in Romania, people are starting to recognize her off the court.

• Roger Federer hosts a Moet event down in Miami.

• Novak Djokovic tries out Google glass.

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