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Tennis: Hewitt takes 600th career victory, Tomic falls

Published on Mar 21, 2014 6:27 AM
Lleyton Hewitt reacts during his match against Robin Haase (not pictured) on day four of the Sony Open at Crandon Tennis Center on March 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS/GEOFF BURKE

MIAMI (AFP) - Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt captured his 600th career victory on Thursday at the ATP and WTA Miami Masters while countryman Bernard Tomic became the fastest loser in ATP history.

Former number one Hewitt rallied to defeat Dutchman Robin Haase 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the second round while Tomic fell in his first match since January hip surgery 6-0, 6-1 to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

Tomic, ranked 74th, crashed out in 28 minutes, 20 seconds, the ATP's shortest match by a minute. Tomic was playing for the first time since a retirement against Rafael Nadal in a first-round match at the Australian Open.

Hewitt, 33, turned in another of the trademark fighbacks which have characterized a career that included Grand Slam crowns at Wimbledon in 2002 and the US Open in 2001.

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