Australian Open adopts new final-set rules

Australian Open,Tie-break,Final set

Australian Open,Tie-break,Final set

The tiebreak will be introduced at 6-6 in the final set and the first player to reach 10 points will win the match.

In women's singles and all doubles play, the deciding set of three sets will be played with a 10-point tiebreaker at 6-all.

However, this tiebreak won't be the normal first to seven points, seen per current practice, but has been extended to the first to 10-points with a two points advantage.

The tournament director, Craig Tiley, said the move came after the most extensive consultation in the Australian Open's history.

The Australian Open is going to have final set tie-breaks from its upcoming 2019 edition.

That means each of the four Grand Slam tournaments will have a different format for deciding deadlocked matches next year.

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Anderson eventually won the set 26-24 but the exhausted South African went on to lose the final in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.

"This longer tie-break also can lessen some of the serving dominance that can prevail in the shorter tie-break", he added 25 days before the first Grand Slam event of the season gets underway. That change came after the final set of Kevin Anderson's semi-final with John Isner this year lasted nearly three hours.

The tennis scoring system, often hard for newcomers to the sport to learn, has never had so many variations.

But, while Wimbledon will have a standard first-to-seven-points tie-break at 12-12, Australian Open matches which go the distance will be decided by a first-to-10-points tie-break at 6-6.

Under the new format, Australian open viewers would have been deprived of this year's epic deciding set in the women's round of 32, which saw eventual finalist Simona Halep beat Lauren Davis 15-13.

The first two sets seven point tiebreak at six games all.

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