Davis Cup Adopts 5th Set Tiebreakers, When Will The Slams Follow?
by Sean Randall | September 26th, 2015, 2:23 pm
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In a move that will likely spill over into the Grand Slams, the ITF announced that fifth sets in Davis Cup will now go to a tiebreaker at 6-6 starting in 2016.

The US Open already plays a fifth set tiebreak (and third set breaker in the women’s event), but with this change I expect the Australian, French and Wimbledon to follow suit in the next few years.

We love watching those epic matches that extend beyond 6-all. It’s often gripping drama. But for the sake of TV, those in attendance, the health of the players, the scheduling, and for the sport as a whole, it’s a positive that we are getting closer and closer to shorter matches in general.

I wrote about a future of shorter matches two years ago, so I won’t go through it again here. But I do think it’s inevitable and it’s for the better.


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20 Comments for Davis Cup Adopts 5th Set Tiebreakers, When Will The Slams Follow?

Wog Boy Says:

Back to tennis, no Nole thread so I’ll put it here:

“His career, more than a hermetically sealed epic, will be the one about the great usurper who dethroned a pair of princes at opposite ends of the tennis spectrum. As far as epitaphs go, it’s a pretty good one, even if it lacks the glam and glitz of some of his peers.
Barring catastrophe, Djokovic is headed towards a three-to-five-year rival-less run in which he’ll attempt to surpass Federer’s record of 17 major titles. ”

http://www.si.com/cauldron/2015/09/22/novak-djokovic-career-legacy


chris ford1 Says:

Tennis, US baseball are in the handful of sports that are not on a clock. To me, Isner-Mahut, lasting 11 hrs 5 minutes, longer than the longest baseball match, was not a Wonderful Thing About New, Amazing Records!!! – it was 2 servebots not even trying to break the other’s serve. A travesty to some, a curiosity to others.
I believe baseball did a look at game delays, extra inning games, and concluded they harmed the sport by lowering audience viewing.
Tennis probably has done similar analysis, but I don’t know if they have released it – or the time-consuming issue of 5th set extra games is just lumped in with Rafa’s time to serve, lets, looking at excessive medical timeouts, long delays for players to “warm up”.
Slams and Davis Cup should keep 5 sets. It works for fans. They expect it to stay. But Olympics, Masters 1000 and below and the YEC work with ‘just’ 3 sets.


FedExpress Says:

Hahahhaha. Journalists like to predict the future. ” barring catastrophe…” hahahhaha

murra did beat nole in his prime (wim 13, us 12) when nole was the number player and he will battle him hard the next time they meet. Kei is another player who can push nole.

Btw didnt know that it is the first time nole will held the no 1 position for the entire year


FedExpress Says:

Hahahhaha. Journalists like to predict the future. ” barring catastrophe…” hahahhaha

murra did beat nole in his prime (wim 13, us 12) when nole was the number player and he will battle him hard the next time they meet. Kei is another player who can push nole.

Btw didnt know that it is the first time nole will held the no 1 position for the entire year

Nole will do good if he wins one gs next year i feel. Many points to defend


Wog Boy Says:

If I remember well, certain poster said, before USO final, that Roger is going to beat Nole and that should shut some big mouths up on TX, well Roger didn’t beat Nole but certain poster mouth is still wide open spewing BS, he/she should be careful and shut his/her big mouth up or something (big) can get fall in it.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy some people never learn,quotes like get real,or you heard it here first,or fact,the moral is never state your opinion out as a bona fide fact,opinions are only that opinions….


Alexandra Says:

I hope we will never see a fifth set tiebreak in slams.Already bad enough the US Open does it. And seriously how often do we have that sort of situation anyway?


Okiegal Says:

Once at Wimby……two serving “out of their minds” machines…..Isner and Mahut!! Lol..


Okiegal Says:

Oops,I just now read everyone’s comments and Isner/Mahut already discussed…..sorry….didn’t intend to be little Sir Echo… :)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Personally im all for anything that speeds up the game,ie shot clocks between points,not such long warm ups,get rid of the lets,the second serves,the advantage points,having said that i dont agree with tie breaks in tennis as it seems to come down to negative tennis and the first to miss a point,with a fifth set in a GS part of the excitement is having to break your opponents serve to win the match,the Isner/Mahut match was the exception to that particular rule,never again do i want to sit and watch a match like that(sorry Okie)….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Cannot understand why Andy Murray and the DC team are not in the funk for making the final last week, Roger was last year year,what gives tennis-x and staff?….


J-Kath Says:

Gypsy Gal
Not too clear about yours @ 11.33 am. ????

Okiegal – Ah, I hope you got my last message and hope your re-appearance is a positive sign …fingers crossed.


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath what i mean to say is such a positive thing like making the DC final for Andy and team GB should surely be in the funk,like it was when Federer did it last year right?….

About Okie yeah me too…


jane Says:

only 6 ATP players have “held the no 1 position for the entire year”

fed
connors
lendl
sampras
hewitt

and now, novak.


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath i get a bit p*ssed off at times,as Federer,Nadal,Djokovic seem to dominate the headlines for their achievements,yet people dont seem interested in anything that doesnt involve them like tennis begins and ends with them,JWT,Radwanska,Jankovic all actually won titles today and yet nobody seems to give a damn….


chris ford1 Says:

On the article Wog Boy linked…on Djokovic. I also think the thing he always will be remembered for the most is putting to bed the conventional wisdom of writer and the Fedal chucklers. Who in 2010 went “hahahahaha!” at any speculation that Djokovic could somehow become better than THE TWO GREATEST PLAYERS EVER!!!!
And sustain it for 5 years.
Such was their faith in Roger and Rafa’s undoubted supremacy.

And the SI piece in the Cauldron explores why. Its in the nuances, it explains. Each skill, each mental or physical limitation, Djokovic has done something with to help him win, since he came up into the pros. It is not always obvious, but the writer notes it is there.

And when he came up, because of the wars and bad economic times, he spent less time in tennis academies than most promising peers of his. He won little in Juniors. And this “time away from tennis” in regular school or waiting tables and shoveling snow was not factored in by many fans and writers early on. But I believe it made him a more rounded person.


J-Kath Says:

Gipsy-Gal – Got what you meant – I think it was the word “funk” that threw me —- always understood it as “throwing one into a panic”…….

Agree it is a bit quiet on the threads – I suppose if fans don’t respond to current threads not much the writers can do about it.

On the subject of the DC and the “Murrays” their win has brought joy but also some tough choices – even Jamie Murray is cancelling his Asian swing to ensure he is totally fresh for the final – if its disruptive for him, it’s a heckuvah lot more disruptive for Andy. Sigh, sigh, sigh.

PS: You interested in World Rugby? Wee Scotland beat USA yesterday!!!!


Tennisfan Says:

Definitely should have a 5th/last set tiebreak at the AO! Anyone remember that crazy match involving Sharapova that lasted ~15 extra minutes into the extreme heat after all other matches were stopped because of weather? It would’ve ended much sooner (with better implications for both players’ health) if they had played a tiebreaker instead.


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath not a Rugby fan im afraid,however im all for our Nations doing well in sport,in whatever sport that may be,and yeah chuffed for Scotland,and on the Murray front he seems to always have to do things the hard way….


Margot Says:

@Kath
Cymru am byth!
“Funk” and “trunk” very strange Ameicaneese……

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