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Wimbledon witnesses first 12-12 tie-break

July 09, 2019 22:03 IST

John Peers and Henri Kontinen

IMAGE: John Peers and Finn Henri Kontinen needed four hours 29 minutes to win their third-round men’s doubles match at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Photograph: QueensTennis/Twitter

Australian John Peers and Finn Henri Kontinen made a small slice of Wimbledon history when they won the first match decided by a tiebreak at 12-12 in the deciding set on Tuesday.

 

The men's doubles eighth seeds beat 12th-seeded American Rajeev Ram and Britain's Joe Salisbury 7-6(2), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 13-12(2) in a third-round match lasting four hours 29 minutes.

Wimbledon abandoned the tradition of playing deciding sets to their natural two-clear games conclusion after last year's tournament in which Kevin Anderson and John Isner played the longest men's singles semi-final ever at the tournament.

Anderson won 26-24 in the deciding set but the match played havoc with the final weekend schedule and left South African Anderson exhausted before losing to Novak Djokovic in the final.

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