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Australian Open planning to introduce deciding-set tiebreaker

Andrew Hendrie in News 4 Dec 2018
  • Australian Open set to bring in final-set tiebreak at 6-6
  • The tiebreak will reportedly be a 'super tiebreak' - first to 10 points by a margin of two
  • The rule could be introduced as early as 2019
Rod Laver Arena - centre court of the Australian Open (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Australian Open organisers are reportedly set to follow in Wimbledon’s footsteps and introduce a deciding-set tiebreaker - but, unlike the All England Club, the tiebreak will take place much earlier in the set.

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On the back of Kevin Anderson and John Isner playing an isolated marathon Wimbledon semi-final that lasted until 26-24 in the fifth set, All England Club tournament organisers announced that a final-set tiebreak will decide all matches at The Championships from 2019.

However, in an effort to compromise, the tiebreak will be played when the score reaches 12-12, still allowing for unique drama and a thrilling conclusion.

But, according to a report from The Times, the Australian Open will introduce their final-set ‘super tiebreak’ at 6-6, with a player needing to win ten points by a margin of two. It’s reported that the super tiebreak could be introduced as early as the 2019 Australian Open next month, however it’s also possible that a trial could be in place in qualifying and junior matches, with a final decision to be made afterwards.

The implementation of a super tiebreak at the Australian Open means that all four Grand Slam tournaments would be using different methods to finish their deciding sets. The U.S. Open has played a tiebreak to seven points at 6-6 since 1970, the French Open continues to use the traditional advantage set where a tiebreak is non-existent and Wimbledon will play the aforementioned tiebreak at 12-12.



With the revamped Davis Cup and new ATP Cup clashing within months of each other around this time next year, it’s yet another example of tennis chiefs not being in sync with each other.

It’s believed that the majority of players are in favour of bringing in tiebreaks instead of advantage sets, with Wimbledon’s announcement of final set tiebreaks well-received in the locker room.

However, it will be interesting to see how the WTA stars react to the Australian Open’s latest decision, because now they’ve been directly affected by something that is mostly only an issue on the men’s side.

It means that classic Australian Open matches we saw this year, including Simona Halep’s 15-13 in the third win over Lauren Davis and Angelique Kerber’s 9-7 in the third semi-final triumph over Halep now have no chance of happening.

The primary catalyst for bringing in final-set tiebreaks is to avoid scheduling mayhem and matches lasting into the early hours of the morning, such as Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis’ epic 2008 Australian Open third round encounter that ended at 4.33am - the latest ever finish to a Grand Slam match.


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Australian Open planning to introduce deciding-set tiebreaker

Australian Open organisers are reportedly set to follow in Wimbledon’s footsteps and introduce a deciding-set tiebreaker - but, unlike the All England Club, the tiebreak will take place much earlier in the set.

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