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tie-break

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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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The Swiss again had to stay patient, but won two points on the Croatian's serve in the second tiebreak and sealed his win with a backhand volley after one hour and 28 minutes.
nz, Berdych said that although he played very well in the game and built the tactics and the game plan on his strength, he lost as the tiebreak is always a 'big lottery' and Wawrinka got lucky by winning the game.
We played really well at the end of the tiebreak at the end of both matches.
Still there was another twist in store - the Russian regaining the initiative only to fail to serve out for the title at 6-5 forcing another tension-filled tiebreak which she claimed 7-5.
The No 3 seed then took a grip on the tiebreak from the start, Henman putting a forehand out on the first point and in fact gifting Hewitt the first five points he scored with a number of errors.
But this time Sampras kept his concentration, sealing the tiebreak 7-4.
Screaming The underdog served for the set at 5-3 but it eventually went to a tiebreak.
Irvin, a qualifier, dropped the first set and forced a tiebreak in the third before she fell, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5).
Nadal and Wawrinka traded blows in the first set then Nadal stepped up his game in that tiebreak winning 7-2.
As you can see in the table above there were more tiebreaks in those years that featured more matches that extending over 45 games.
Sampras proved steadier in the tiebreaks and won 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.