Re: Grand slam final set- change needed?
Funny, I was thinking the exact same! Federer serving for 6-5. Roddick serving for 7-6. Federer serving for 7-7; Roddick for 8-7, and so on, till 12-11, and hand the serve advantage over again. I agree it's quit unfair one player gets the serve advantage for such a long time, and was also wondering if there are stats that tell the percentage of how many times the player that started the final set won the match?
Also think about the big psychological disadvantage of having to serve all these times to letteraly stay into the match, and the "must-break, otherwise serving under stress again", compared to Federer serving relatively relaxed plus trying to break completely relaxed: "if it doesn't succeed this time, I have another chance next time".
Speculating, another rule could be a difference of 3 instead of 2 games, that way the just broken player gets a chance to break back and the match is not immediately decided and ended by this one break. If the player who just broke wants to win, he should serve it out one final time, particularly when the match is so close.
Kim-career-I Nina Justine Tammy Hendler