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Great Tie-breaks in History

MisterQ
11-20-2004, 09:10 PM
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. :worship:

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

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

Jorge
11-20-2004, 09:12 PM
Can't remember right now, but this was one of the best tiebreakers I've seen so far. simply amazing :worship:

Adam Thirnis
11-20-2004, 09:16 PM
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.

Mrs. B
11-20-2004, 09:19 PM
Andy & El Anauoi's match at the AO.

Jorge
11-20-2004, 09:23 PM
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)
:)

MisterQ
11-20-2004, 09:23 PM
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. :cool:

MisterQ
11-20-2004, 09:25 PM
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. :lol:

Mrs. B
11-20-2004, 09:27 PM
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. :lol:

ok. my bad. i just checked it myself just now. :o :o

:)

Leena
11-20-2004, 09:30 PM
Siemerink/Some Other Scrub where Siemerink came back from 0-6 to win the tiebreak, and Johnny Mac stood on his head or something.

Raquel
11-20-2004, 09:37 PM
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.

croat123
11-20-2004, 09:40 PM
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)

Leena
11-20-2004, 09:41 PM
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. :p

croat123
11-20-2004, 09:43 PM
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 :eek:

MisterQ
11-20-2004, 09:45 PM
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. :yeah:

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.

naiwen
11-20-2004, 09:48 PM
can't wait..

sol
11-20-2004, 10:02 PM
I didn't watch the match live. I'm looking for the replay tonight!.
I almost died during that TB!

Raquel
11-20-2004, 11:13 PM
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.


According to this article that's not just the longest in US Open history but joint third longest in history of singles tennis along with tonight's and a Borg match from 1970.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_sports/view/118204/1/.html

HOUSTON, United States : Top-ranked defending champion Roger Federer outlasted Marat Safin in a tie-breaker that matched the longest in singles history before taking a 6-3, 7-6 (20/18) victory to reach the ATP Masters Cup final.

The 23-year-old Swiss star advanced to Sunday's final against Australia's third-ranked Lleyton Hewitt, who scored the final 20 points to humiliate Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-2 in the other semi-final here at the season-ending event.

The thrilling decider equaled the record since tie-breakers were adopted in 1970, set when Sweden's Bjorn Borg beat India's Premjit Lall 6-3, 6-4, 9-8 (20/18) in the first round at Wimbledon.

Also matching the mark was a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (20/18) triumph by Croatian Goran Ivanisevic over Canada's Daniel Nestor in round one of the 1993 US Open.

croat123
11-20-2004, 11:23 PM
:cool: so a bit of history happened today :)

Billabong
11-20-2004, 11:27 PM
I adored the 4th set tiebreak of the 2000 Roland Garros Final, which Guga won 8-6 on his 11th championship point;)!

Sjengster
11-20-2004, 11:38 PM
Marathon tiebreaks... Ivanisevic's one was against either Rusedski or Philippoussis at Queens one time, something like 24-22, and you can imagine it was the sort of thing where every point was won with the serve until a fortuitous minibreak right at the very end. The longest tiebreak last year on the ATP was won 19-17 by Arthurs against Bob Bryan in the first round of Nottingham, and that must have been much the same, constant service winners all the way. The tiebreak today had great rallies and saving shots as well as big serves.

One that sticks in my memory is Canas winning the second set tiebreak 15-13 against Hewitt in the 4th round of RG two years ago. Canas had got an early break in that set, led 5-2 and served for it at 5-3, failed to convert about 10 (!) setpoints and then had to save half a dozen in the tiebreak before finally claiming a set that lasted over an hour and a half - it's safe to say he'd never have come back had he lost it. At 14-13 on his serve, after a long rally, he got pushed out wide and then slammed an incredible forehand winner cross-court, right onto the sideline, and ran to his chair celebrating as though he'd won the match. No-one else at that time would have had the mental strength to match Hewitt in such a tight situation.

Federer's previous longest tiebreak by some margin was the 14-12 second set breaker against Verkerk in Paris last year, and people thought that was incredible at the time - again, the quick carpet made it rather like a grass court tiebreak with both players winning routine points on serve and with follow-up volleys, before Federer got a minibreak at 12-12 and won a long rally with a cross-court forehand to claim the set.

Philippoussis had a pretty good one with Nalbandian at the US Open, winning a 12-10 second set breaker - the Scud kept on firing down big serves, Nalbandian kept crafting flawless baseline points, until Philippoussis won it with a brilliant, adrenaline-pumping stretch volley on the forehand that he managed to slot past Nalbandian into the corner, and he too had a huge celebration as though the match was won. Of course, in many ways it took so much out of him that the next two sets were a breeze for Big Dave.

KarstenBraasch#1
11-21-2004, 01:01 AM
There has been at least one tie-break on the WTA-tour that was longer:

Madrid 1999, 2nd round:

Emmanuelle Gagliardi def. Tara Snyder 6-7 (19) 6-1 6-1

And I remember from an old Guiness Book of Records that there has been a tie-break in a doubles match involving Heinz Günthardt (?) which ended 24-22 (?). I'm not sure about that though.

KarstenBraasch#1
11-21-2004, 01:13 AM
According to ATP Tour, the 3rd set tie-break of Ivanisevic vs. Rusedski (Queens 1997) ended 20-18 too. ;)

MisterQ
11-21-2004, 01:17 AM
thanks for all the research, everyone :)

MisterQ
11-21-2004, 01:21 AM
One of my favorite tiebreaks was in the fourth set of Agassi vs. Sampras Australian Open Semi 2000. The score was nothing unusual (7-5), but the level of play was high, and the tension was intense. Andre had lost the third set tiebreak 7-0, but he found a way to win the fourth set (and the match), despite 2 second serve aces and a jaw-dropping running forehand passing shot from Sampras.

BaselineSmash
11-21-2004, 01:32 AM
Out of the ones already mentioned, the Canas/Hewitt RG tb was the best and most exciting of recent times. As for the Safin/Federer 20-18 tiebreak, it's the only one I can recall in which a player (Federer in this instance) won it two thirds of the way through only to be robbed by an erroneous call. Also notable is the tiebreak played between Escude and Sampras at the AO in 2002, in which the Frenchman went down three match points at 3-6 but saved them all and won the set 8-6. He lost in the fifth, though.

KarstenBraasch#1
11-21-2004, 01:32 AM
Sorry, it wasn't Günthardt. And it was 26-24. :eek: Here it is:

Wimbledon 1985, 1st round -

Gunnarsson/Mortensen def. Frawley/Pecci 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (24) :eek:

Leena
11-21-2004, 02:35 AM
There has been at least one tie-break on the WTA-tour that was longer:

Madrid 1999, 2nd round:

Emmanuelle Gagliardi def. Tara Snyder 6-7 (19) 6-1 6-1

And I remember from an old Guiness Book of Records that there has been a tie-break in a doubles match involving Heinz Günthardt (?) which ended 24-22 (?). I'm not sure about that though.
Bovina had a 24-22 tiebreak in juniors.

KarstenBraasch#1
11-21-2004, 04:33 AM
Bovina had a 24-22 tiebreak in juniors.
Thanks. I hope you weren't Alpha ... today.

Leena
11-21-2004, 04:35 AM
Thanks. I hope you weren't Alpha ... today.
No. WTAWorld is death for me the next 6 weeks. :)

KarstenBraasch#1
11-21-2004, 04:48 AM
No. WTAWorld is death for me the next 6 weeks. :)
Oh. Bye then, 'cause this forum will be death for ME the next 6 weeks. :)

Fedex
11-21-2004, 04:50 AM
I just saw the tiebreak, and it was unbelievable. That was something special. :) Too bad the last 2 points were an error and double fault, because the quality of shotmaking in the tiebreak was fantastic. :)

Leena
11-21-2004, 04:51 AM
Oh. Bye then, 'cause this forum will be death for ME the next 6 weeks. :)
We should talk on MSN or AIM, or another chatting alternative.

Whistleway
11-21-2004, 04:59 AM
just saw on tv.. was freaking cool..... and they both kinda enjoyed it... here's to some great rivalry between federer v safin !!

Yashirobai
11-21-2004, 02:56 PM
Didn't Roddick and Arthurs play also a veery long tiebreaker in Roland Garros??

David Kenzie
11-21-2004, 03:41 PM
One of my favorite tiebreaks was in the fourth set of Agassi vs. Sampras Australian Open Semi 2000. The score was nothing unusual (7-5), but the level of play was high, and the tension was intense. Andre had lost the third set tiebreak 7-0, but he found a way to win the fourth set (and the match), despite 2 second serve aces and a jaw-dropping running forehand passing shot from Sampras.

I agree. The level of this tie-break was one of the highest I have ever seen. The hole match was brilliant with so many awesome winners, but that tie-break was simply breathtaking :worship: