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The Grand Slam adopts the final "tie-breaker" to 10 points

The Grand Slam adopts the final “tie-breaker” to 10 points

The Roland Garros tournament, which kicks off on May 22, will be the first to implement the new tie-breaking rule for five-set matches.

The four Grand Slam tournaments will jointly apply a New rule for ‘tie-break’ at 10 points, which is played in the event of a tie in six matches 6-6 in the last group. Those responsible for Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open They made the final tiebreaker decision in the five-group tournament matches to “improve the experience for players and fans”.

Agreement obtained afterIntensive consultation with referees from the WTA, ATP and ITF” and will be applied from the previous stages of the Big Four of the tennis circuit, for both men’s and women’s singles events, as well as for the doubles, mixed doubles, junior and wheel competitions. Roland Garros (May 22-June 5) He will be the first to implement the new rule.

different formats

So far, every Grand Slam tournament has had a different way of making a tie break in the fifth set. At Roland Garros, according to tradition, he won the last set by two games, without breaking a tie. At Wimbledon, the tiebreak was introduced to 10 points when the last set was tied in 12–12 matches, while at the Australian Open and the US Open the tiebreak was set to the top 7, as in all sets.

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The new formula wants to put an end to marathon matches like the one that led Wimbledon in 2010 to change its rules thereafter. John Isner And the Nicholas Mahut In 2010, the American won the fifth set 70-68 after 11 hours of play. The final they played in 2019 Novak Djokovic And the Roger Federer He was the first to apply the “super tiebreaker” to the 10 points scored by the Serbian tennis player (7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6 and 13-12 (3).

At Roland Garros in 2013 Djokovic Also imposed on Nadal In the semi-finals in a marathon match, the world number one won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3) and 9-7.