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post #1 of 125 (permalink) Old 09-05-2004, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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The US Open is a complete joke!!!

Paul-Henri Mathieu just got completely fucked by the US Open. What is the deal with these ridiculous 5th set tiebreakers, they are a complete joke!!!

For Paul-Henri to be playing 4 hours 45 minutes and have everything decided by 1 or 2 points in a tiebreaker is a fucking disgrace, the US Open should be ashamed of themselves

the match was an absolute classic, the 26 minute, 9 deuce game at 5-5 was one of the best i have ever seen in my life and the least that BOTH players deserved was the match to be finished properly, not on some shitty tiebreaker. why is it that every other grand slam can manage to treat a grand slam properly and the US Open has to fuck up classic matches with this pathetic rule?

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Re: The US Open is a complete joke!!!

I like the 5th set tiebreak. If we can't have 3-setters, than an ending tiebreak is OK by me. PHM should won after being 2 sets up.
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Re: The US Open is a complete joke!!!

at least Mathieu got to a tie-break. he clearly benefitted from a bad line call at 5-6 and breakpoint down to Sargsian.

but I agree that the tie-break in the final set is not ideal. having to break your opponent and hold at the end of a fifth set is much more of a challenge and helps to separate the players out when they're oh so close.

nevertheless, i think Sargsian was marginally better and wanted it fractionally more.
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Re: The US Open is a complete joke!!!

that wasnt a bad line call. they did hawk eye and it was just out

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Re: The US Open is a complete joke!!!

Sargs did get a very bad call in there..... but Mathieu got some too.

I'm just glad Sargsian won.

but if it weren't this issue I'm sure there would be some other issue that would make the USO beyond the bounds of sporting, if not indeed, human decency.
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i agree. the tb takes away from 5 set thrillers
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Re: The US Open is a complete joke!!!

I dont really see a problem with a 5th set tiebreak. All the other sets are decided by tiebreaks where one player potentially gets very unlucky.
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I dont really see a problem with a 5th set tiebreak. All the other sets are decided by tiebreaks where one player potentially gets very unlucky.
So...isn't that the problem with a 5th set tie-break then?

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Re: The US Open is a complete joke!!!

all the others set arent definitely the last set though. but the 5th set will always end up with someone winning the match and this is why it should not end in a tiebreak!

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Re: The US Open is a complete joke!!!

I agree with Frooty that IMO a tiebreak is really a poor way to end a match, especially of course a Grand Slam match in the fith set

but the reasoning "everything is decided by 1 or 2 points in a tiebreaker" is also true for if they played an advantage set because there could also just one or two points decide.

I really hate that 5th set tiebreak rule, but that's how things are going in the US I think the TV stations wanted the matches to be more calculable to avoid 15-13 sets

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I agree!

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Re: The US Open is a complete joke!!!

BTW, so far we only talked about us fans, but anybody knows how the players like a 5th set tiebreak?

has anybody heard a quote or a statement from a player what they prefer? if yes, I would be interested if somebody could tell me because I'm curious how the players like it.

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Re: The US Open is a complete joke!!!

I have heard quotes that players prefer a 5th set tiebreak because if you get to 10-10 sort of scores then it is extremely difficult to recover for your next match but of course players used to play non tiebreak in each set.
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Re: The US Open is a complete joke!!!

It's not as if the fifth set tiebreak rule has brought an end to 5 hours matches

Mind you, if PHM was up 2-0 sets, it's not the tiebreak that lost him the match...

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sarge must be given his hard earned respect. Andre and him will have fun out there.
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