tie-break


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tie-break

, tie-breaker
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
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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"It was never called when it was 30-0 or 40-0, it was always when it was 30-30 or in a tie-break. I mean, what is this?
"I just tried to play tough points and make him have to play great tennis to win the tie-break.
But it is a big leap of faith to suggest the chances of a tie-break between them would jump to as high as 70 per cent - as the odds suggest - simply because they are facing one another.
Then in the final he used similar baseline tactics to see off number one seed Matt James from Wrexham - who had defeated George Mc Cullagh 6-3, 6-1 in the other semi - courtesy of another tie-break decider.
"In the tie-break I raised my level a little bit and I came out ahead," he said.
Things went with serve until Murray broke his Spanish opponent to take a 4-3 lead but when Bautista Agut broke back and then made it 6-5, Murray took the first set to a tie-break with a love game.
It was Robredo's turn then to rescue a match point against him and take the final set to a tie-break, with both players looking to be on their last legs.
The 33-year-old easily took the next game and had two set points against the serve but Simon battled back and it went to a tie-break.
Bond replied with a similar shot to seal the set, but it was a different pattern in the second, with Weale forcing a tie-break.
Another tie-break loomed and, after an early exchange of minibreaks, Murray took charge of it to level the match.
The key moment came in the third set, when, with another tie-break looking inevitable, Henman's control faltered and he offered up a fourth double fault to hand Lopez a 5-4 advantage to serve for the match.
Hrbaty broke him again to lead 6-5 but the young Scot broke straight back to love to force a tie-break.