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Wimbledon to introduce final set tie-breaks

21 October, 2018, 21:14 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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It comes after the final set of Kevin Anderson's semi-final with John Isner this year lasted nearly three hours.

Both Anderson, 32, and Isner, 33, called on Wimbledon to move to a final set tie-break after their marathon match in last year's semifinal.

Instead of the final set continuing to go back and forth, with scores that can go into the 40s or 50s, they're cutting it off at 12-12 and introducing a tiebreaker that would end the set and decide the victor.

Wimbledon are bringing an end to freakishly long matches by introducing a tie-break at 12-12 in the deciding set across all events at next year's championships.

The AELTC said it had used match data from the past 20 Championships and had consulted with players and officials to reach a decision.

AELTC chairman Philip Brook said: "In reaching this decision, the AELTC Committee sought the feedback of both players and officials, analysed two decades of match data, and considered other factors including scheduling complexities and spectator experience".

The AELTC said "the time had come" to introduce a tie-break method at "a reasonable point" in a deciding set.

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At least by setting the tiebreaker score at 12-12, it keeps the spirit of the final set while avoiding marathon matches like this year's, and it can be a bit easier on schedulers.

In that instance, the American won the fifth set 70-68 in a match that took 11 hours and five minutes and was played across three days.

Wimbledon should have acted after the famous 70-68 set in 2010 between Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, which will never be challenged.

'As a next step, we look forward to sharing further details with our Grand Slam, ITF, WTA and ATP colleagues when we meet in Singapore'.

"This will be beneficial to the player that wins in recovering for his or her next match, the players that are waiting to play the following match, and the fans who have paid to see a full schedule".

The rule applies to men's, women's and doubles matches, and will differentiate Wimbledon from the other three grand slams.

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