Wimbledon final set tie-break announced

Kevin Anderson was handicapped for the final after beating John Isner in a marathon semi-final. Pic GettyMore

Kevin Anderson was handicapped for the final after beating John Isner in a marathon semi-final. Pic GettyMore

Big-serving American Isner was also famously involved in the longest match in Wimbledon history when he beat France's Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the deciding set in 2010 after over 11 hours on court over three days.

The move comes after this year's record-breaking semifinal between Kevin Anderson and John Isner required six hours and 35 minutes to complete, with the final set finishing 26-24.

Djokovic's own five-set semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal also had to be played over two days due to the delay in a conclusion to the Anderson-Isner match.

After a period of consultation with players and officials, the AELTC ruled that the tiebreak will be played when the score reaches 12-12 in the final set of all matches at the tournament, singles and doubles.

The All England Club's decision leaves the Australian Open and Roland Garros as the only grand slams without final-set tiebreaks.

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The All England Club says it will introduce fifth-set tiebreakers at Wimbledon next year when a match reaches 12-12.

AELTC Chairman Philip Brook commented: "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.

'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'.

It means all singles and doubles matches on both the women's and men's sides of the Grand Slam, and all matches in the Junior tournament, will follow the same new format to decide the victor in the final set.

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