The days of marathon matches in Wimbledon is over, find out how


XtraTime Web Desk:
The legacy of having marathon matches in Wimbledon is finally over, as it has finally bowed to pressure from players, coaches and pundits to introduce a final-set tie-break – but it will only kick in when the score reaches 12-12.

 
The All England Club decided to act after this year’s men’s semi-final between Kevin Anderson and John Isner, which lasted six hours and 36 minutes, including a near three-hour fifth set which Anderson eventually took 26-24. The South African had little energy left for the final, played less than 48 hours later, and was pummelled in straight sets by Novak Djokovic. As Anderson admitted afterwards: “Of course my body didn’t feel great. It’s not going to when you’ve played so much tennis.”
 
Wimbledon said its decision was informed by talking to players and conducting a “thorough review” of match data from the past two decades. That included the longest match in tennis history in 2010 when Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set of match that took 11 hours over three days to complete.
 
The AELTC chairman, Philip Brook, defended the decision not to introduce a final-set tie-break at 6-6, which happens in most tournaments, saying: “While we know the instances of matches extending deep into the final set are rare, we feel that a tie-break at 12-12 strikes an equitable balance between allowing players ample opportunity to complete the match to advantage, while also providing certainty that the match will reach a conclusion in an acceptable timeframe.”
Breaking News:
  • 1st T20I: Australia registers a thrilling win over India despite heroics from Shikhar Dhawan     Women’s World 20: Indian eves eyeing for a revenge against England in the big semis     East Bengal can sign new footballers from December 1     I-League 2018/19: Dipanda Dicka’s stunner give Mohun Bagan an important win against Real Kashmir     FIFA Friendly: India goes down fighting against Jordan in a close encounter     Women’s World T20: Smriti Mandhana, spinners shine as India beat Australia to top the group     FIFA Friendly: India desperate for a win against Jordan in Asian Cup tune-up     I-League 2018/19: Sandro Rodriguez’s brace strengthen Chennai’s position on top     Virat Kohli & co. leaves for Australia for a two months long tour     Women’s World T20: Mithali Raj’s brilliant fifty takes India to the semis