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Great Tie-breaks in History

The most famous is surely the 18-16 fourth set tiebreaker in the Borg/McEnroe Wimbledon 1980 final. McEnroe won that tiebreaker, fighting off many match points, but Borg ended up winning the match.

Today's Safin/Federer tiebreak (20-18) must be added to the list.

What other tiebreakers were particularly exciting or historic, either for their score or for their amazing quality of play?

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Can't remember right now, but this was one of the best tiebreakers I've seen so far. simply amazing

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The Mac/Borg tie break is the best because it took place in tennis' biggest match. The stakes were as high as they could be.

The TMC is great but not quite the same.
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Andy & El Anauoi's match at the AO.


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Andy & El Anauoi's match at the AO.
That wasn't a tiebreak, Mrs. B. It was the longest 5 set in GS history. (Remember there are not tiebreaks in 5th sets at Ozopen)

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The Mac/Borg tie break is the best because it took place in tennis' biggest match. The stakes were as high as they could be.

The TMC is great but not quite the same.
I agree with this, and it is also exciting that the 1980 tiebreak led to a final, decisive set.

But on a slightly longer list, we could include today's tiebreak also.

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Andy & El Anauoi's match at the AO.
while it wasn't a tiebreak, I understand the comparison. I remember checking in on the score and assuming the scoring device was broken when I saw 21-19.

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while it wasn't a tiebreak, I understand the comparison. I remember checking in on the score and assuming the scoring device was broken when I saw 21-19.
ok. my bad. i just checked it myself just now.



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Siemerink/Some Other Scrub where Siemerink came back from 0-6 to win the tiebreak, and Johnny Mac stood on his head or something.
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Pete Sampras and Boris Becker had a great one at the Masters Cup one year. I can't remember the score though but I remember Pete won it.
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Siemerink/Some Other Scrub where Siemerink came back from 0-6 to win the tiebreak, and Johnny Mac stood on his head or something.
that "scrub" was wimbey-champion krajicek i believe

i think the tb record goes to goran over nestor or goran over greg, but i don't know the exact score (i think it might have been 25-23 or something)
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that "scrub" was wimbey-champion krajicek i believe

i think the tb record goes to goran over nestor or goran over greg, but i don't know the exact score (i think it might have been 25-23 or something)
I couldn't remember, don't hate me for it.
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here's one (longest in u.s. open history):

1993 - Goran Ivanisevic and Daniel Nestor play the longest tie-break in the history of the U.S. Open (38 points) as Ivanisevic prevails 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (20-18) in a first round encounter.

Karlovic played a really long tb @ wimbledon this year as well

on the women's side there was myskina over vera
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Pete Sampras and Boris Becker had a great one at the Masters Cup one year. I can't remember the score though but I remember Pete won it.
that was a good one.

1996 ATP Tour Championships (Hanover, Germany)

sampras def. becker 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (11-13), 6-4.

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