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Aussie Open Introduce Final Set Tie-Break

Aussie Open Introduce Final Set Tie-Break

Australian Open organisers have announced tie-breaks will be played in the final set at the tournament for the first time in January.

The existing practice of advantage final sets will be abolished and, if the match reaches 6-6 in the final set, the winner will be the first player to reach 10 points.

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Organisers made the decision following the “most extensive consultation in the tournament’s history”. “The longer tie-break still allows for that one final twist or change of momentum in the contest,” said tournament director Craig Tiley.

The event, which gets underway at Melbourne Park on January 14, has followed in the footsteps of Wimbledon – which announced in October it would use final-set tie-breaks next year.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club announced that tie-breaks will be played at 12-12 in the final set after the final set of Kevin Anderson’s semi-final with John Isner this year lasted almost three hours.

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