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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Lack of tie-breaker in 5th set

I got up this morning to see that Andy Roddick won 21-19 in the 5th set That is ridiculous!! First of all, it's hard to expect fans to watch a friggin' 5 hour match, and we need to be more fan friendly in tennis. Secondly, it's ludicrous to make players play that much (in Australian heat no less!!) and then expect them to play well again in 1-2 days!!

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Well...they're makin money for this, so might as well make them do what they're paid for

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If you saw the match especially that 5th set you wouldnt be complaining. I thought it was a pity that we cant see such matches at the US Open, it was very long but not once was I bored. Its part of the suspense to see who'll be the first to crack and lose a game on their serve and all that, and we wouldnt see such drama if it had been over quicker.
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NO! No tiebreaker in the fifth!!! Sometimes we need some drama

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Yeah, I absolutely loved that match, it makes it so more exciting

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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 03:49 PM
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Yeah, all those people sleeping in the arena were really depressing to watch.

NO TIE-BREAK ! Bad enough they have installed it for doubles.

US Open are my least favourite slam, and that's also because of the tie-break.

Boris Becker played a 5 h 11 min match in 1991 here which he won 14-12 in the 5th. He went on to win the tournament.
If you are fit enough, you can survive even a match like this and play well again.
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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Look at other sports - soccer, football, basketball, etc. None of them go past 2 hours, let alone even approach 5 hours!!

If we are looking at ways to make tennis more popular, here is one...

Is it going to be good if Andy comes out exhausted and loses the semis in straights? Is it good for tennis if a no-name then plays Agassi in the final and gets destroyed?

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Look at other sports - soccer, football, basketball, etc. None of them go past 2 hours, let alone even approach 5 hours!!
Ah, but you're talking about regulation games only. In the championships of any sport, there is no tiebreaker.

The slams are akin to those selfsame championships. That's why the men play 5-set matches.

Do NOT take away the 5th set wins. They are the stuff of drama historically. Probably the most memorable match in all of tennis is the 1980 Wimbledon final with McEnroe v Borg. Remember how long the 5th set in THAT one went...

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Do NOT take away the 5th set wins. They are the stuff of drama historically. Probably the most memorable match in all of tennis is the 1980 Wimbledon final with McEnroe v Borg. Remember how long the 5th set in THAT one went...

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Well, the 5th set didn't go THAT long, only 8-6.
Are you mixing it up maybe with the 4th set tie-break which went to 18-16 ?
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Love watching them, and in some ways they are more fair than a sudden death tie break ... but they are awfully tough on the players. In blnce, I think keep them.
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NO tie-breaker in 5th set! It's more dramatic and fun to see the set go long...that match was the best match I have ever seen in my entire life!

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Is it going to be good if Andy comes out exhausted and loses the semis in straights? Is it good for tennis if a no-name then plays Agassi in the final and gets destroyed?

Hmmm Rainer might be a no name for you but not for everybody. And don't underestimate Wayne

and NO to the tie-breakers in the 5th.
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post #13 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 2003, 10:46 AM
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The match played night session and it was not hot at the time

Anyway, I vote also no tie-breaks!!


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post #14 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 2003, 11:02 AM
 
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No, the way it is - just think how much of a better match it was(Roddick vs El Aynoyui.sp?) than what it would have been with a tie breaker.
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post #15 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 2003, 03:50 PM
 
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That 5th set was anything but boring... the quality of tennis in it was superb too.

However, as a fan, I'd prefer having the 5th set tie-break... Sampras/
Corretja was proof of that.
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