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Tennis a method of deciding quickly the result of a set drawn at six-all, usually involving the playing of one deciding game for the best of twelve points in which the service changes after every two points
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With the matches reduced to a sudden death championship tiebreak in place of a third set, the Midlanders were unlucky when first pair Luisa Cowper and Leyla Ogan lost to the first and second pairs, both on the deciding tiebreak.
The Swiss top seed, eyeing his eighth title in the grasscourt Wimbledon warmup event, held serve throughout but was taken to two tiebreaks having failed to secure a single break point against the Croatian's powerful serve.
But they regrouped quickly, breaking early in the super tiebreak before holding their nerve to see it out 10-7.
Tsonga took the tiebreak and Federer had to refocus quickly.
I was a bit unlucky on Monday but I got luckier here," Berdych, who lost a final set tiebreak against world No.
Nadal seized on a Murray lapse in the decider to break in the third game and had a match point when Murray served at 3-5, only to be stretched into another nerve-wracking tiebreak.
Murray could hardly have played any better yesterday, though, as he took the game to Nadal from the start, hitting back after the loss of the first set and then from 5-3 down and match point down in the final set before eventually missing out in the deciding tiebreak.
Belgian Clijsters emerged from the break a different player, and steamrolled the Russian in the third set after winning the second set tiebreak from 3-0 down on Sunday.
Baghdatis blended some timely serving with his tiebreak artistry to ease past Xavier Malisse 6-2 7-6, while Nalbandian, playing in his first tournament since April, routed fourth seed Marin Cilic 6-2 6-2 in 73 minutes.
Second seed Davydenko was pushed to a first-set tiebreak by Simon Greul.
With one set all, the two teams were positioned to take on the super tiebreak as decider.
Should Topalov and Anand play to a tie, they will be handed four more rounds of tiebreak, of rapid chess.