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Should the Australian Open have a tie-break in the last set?

  • Yes

    Votes: 13 23.6%
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    Votes: 42 76.4%

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I got up this morning to see that Andy Roddick won 21-19 in the 5th set :eek: 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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Yeah, all those people sleeping in the arena were really depressing to watch. :rolleyes:

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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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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jenglisbe said:
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...

..Joe
 

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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! :bounce:
 

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jenglisbe said:

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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The match played night session and it was not hot at the time :rolleyes:

Anyway, I vote also no tie-breaks!! :p
 

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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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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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That was one of the most ,if not the most, intense match I have ever watched. Never a dull moment!
I say NO tiebreak in the 5th.:)
 

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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 ?
GoDominique:
My bad! I stand corrected.

But the point remains. Hard-fought tennis at the Slam level deserves to be won in the traditional sense, not changed for expediency.

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Ridiculous?
You are probably a new tennis fan. How long are you a tennis fan? 1 year? Less?

The Roddick/El-Ayanoui match was simply stunning. Another great example of a great 5th set was Corretja/Clement in RG. If there was a tiebreak, it just wouldnt be the same. & Schalken/Gonzalez at the USO would be so much better if it wasnt for the 5th set tiebreaker.
 

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I watched this match to the early hours (late for work) and it was a fantastic match, but it ruined Roddick for the semis.

Tie break in the fifth up to the final and then drop it - they generally have plenty of time to recover after they win/lose the final.

A friend also suggested they have a fifth-set tiebreaker after they get to 20 games.... not sure about that one.
 

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jenglisbe said:
Look at other sports - soccer, football, basketball, etc. None of them go past 2 hours, let alone even approach 5 hours!
I don't know what happens in Basketball or American Football but in Association Football, the match can either end in a draw or, in a 'knock-out' competition such as the World Cup, if no team has won after 90 mins, there is a further 30 mins of play, followed by 15 mins 'Golden Goal' time in which the first team to score wins. If, after that, there is still no winner, there is a penalty shoot out.
Anyone who has seen there team play amzing football for 2 hrs, 15 mins only to lose in a penalty shoot-out will know how demoralizing that is. Tennis tie-breaks, like penalty shoot-outs, are a law unto themselves, often bearing no relation to the rest of the match. That's why I voted 'no'.
 
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