Wimbledon 2019: Men's doubles third round match sees tournament's first 12-12 final set tie-break
Wimbledon had its first final set tie-break in a men's doubles match between Henri Kontinen and John Peers defeated Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury
Wimbledon got its first 12-12 final set tie-break as Henri Kontinen and John Peers defeated Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 13-12 (7/2)
This year the All England Club had announced the rule of a final set tie-break to prevent marathon matches
In 2018, Kevin Anderson defeated John Isner in the men's semi-finals in the second-longest match ever at the Slams, at six hours and 36 minutes
London: Wimbledon got its first 12-12 final set tie-break on Tuesday when Henri Kontinen and John Peers defeated Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in a men's doubles match.
The eighth-seeded pair won 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 13-12 (7/2) in four hours and 29 minutes. The third round match was suspended due to bad light on Monday and resumed Tuesday on the 1,750-seater Court 12 show court.
The All England Club introduced a final set tie-break this year as a means of eradicating marathon matches. In 2018, Kevin Anderson defeated John Isner in the men's semi-finals in the second-longest match ever at the Slams, at six hours and 36 minutes.
The final set, which had alone lasted for two hours and 50 minutes, was only decided at 26-24. The second semi-final, in which Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 10-8 in the final set, had taken five hours and 15 minutes.
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