Longest tiebreaker in tennis

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Several tiebreaks have been attributed as the longest tiebreak in tennis.

Men's singles[edit]


In January 2013 at the $10,000 Men's Futures tournament qualifications at Plantation, Florida, Benjamin Balleret defeated Guillaume Couillard in a 70-point tiebreak 7–6(36–34), 6–1. Despite the match being played without any chair umpire or any lines people, its score has been verified by the ITF and ATP.[1][2] Both players were part of the Monaco Davis cup team.[3] The longest official tiebreak was played on 23 January 2016 at the $25,000 Men's Futures tournament, Kazakhstan F1, at Aktobe when Evgeny Tyurnev defeated Danilo Petrović 7–6(25–23), 6–3 in the final.[4]

Grand Slams[edit]


Björn Borg defeated Premjit Lall 6–3, 6–4, 9–8(20–18) in the first round of 1973 Wimbledon Championships.[3] John Isner won 19–17 in first set tiebreak against Jarkko Nieminen in the second round of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships while storming into a 7–6(19–17), 7–6(7–3), 7–5 victory. John McEnroe and Björn Borg played a tiebreaker in the finals of Wimbledon in 1980. The tiebreaker lasted over 20 minutes and McEnroe won with 18–16. Borg eventually won the match 1–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–7(16–18), 8–6.[5]

US Open[edit]

Goran Ivanišević and Daniel Nestor played a 20–18 tiebreaker in their 1993 US Open first round match, eventually won by Ivanišević 6–4, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(20–18).[3] Novak Djokovic won the first set tiebreaker 16–14 over Alexandr Dolgopolov during their fourth round matchup at the 2011 US Open. In 2012 , Djokovic won the match in straight sets 7–6(16–14), 6–4, 6–2. Andy Murray won the first set and the match against Novak Djokovic 12–10 which was the longest tiebreak in a US Open finals history. Murray won that match 7–6(12–10), 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 6–2.

Australian Open[edit]

Andy Roddick and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga played a long tiebreaker in the 2007 Australian Open Championships First Round. Tsonga won the tiebreaker 20–18 but lost 6–7(18–20), 7–6(7–2), 6–2, 6–3.[3]

Olympic games[edit]

John Isner beat Janko Tipsarević 16–14 in the 2nd set tiebreaker of his 7–5, 7–6(16–14) Olympic 3rd round win in 2012. A Tipsarević double-fault on Isner's fifth match point sealed victory for the American.

Other long tiebreakers[edit]

Aki Rahunen won a 24-22 first set tiebreak against Peter Nyborg in the 1st round of qualifications of the 1992 Copenhagen Open (7-6, 2-6, 6-3).[6][7]

Goran Ivanišević won a 20-18 deciding set tiebreak against Greg Rusedski in the semifinals of the 1997 Stella Artois Championships at Queen's Club.

Roger Federer and Marat Safin played a tiebreaker that lasted 26 minutes in the semifinals of the 2004 Tennis Masters Cup in Houston. Federer won the match 6–3, 7–6(20–18).[8]

José Acasuso won a 20-18 in a deciding set tiebreak against Björn Phau in the 1st round of the 2006 Rogers Masters in Canada.

Andy Murray won 20-18 in a 2nd set tiebreak against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Dubai Open in Dubai. The tiebreak lasted 31 minutes, and featured a rule-breaking moment when both players and the umpire forgot to change ends at 15-15.[9]

Gilles Müller won a 18-16 in a second set tiebreak against John Isner in the second round of the 2016 Aegon Championships at Queen's Club.

Philipp Kohlschreiber won 18-16 in a deciding set tiebreak against Dustin Brown in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

Men's doubles[edit]

Longest supertiebreaker[edit]

In Marrakech challenger 2012 first round Alexander Bury and Mateusz Kowalczyk defeated Jonathan Dasnières de Veigy and Marc Gicquel 7–6(7–4), 4–6, [27–25].[10]

Other long supertiebreakers[edit]

In Estoril Open 2007 first round Albert Montañés/Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo defeated Simon Aspelin/František Čermák 7-6, 1-6, [23-21].[11]

Longest regular tiebreaker[edit]

Michael Mortensen and Jan Gunnarson defeated John Frawley and Victor Pecci 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(26–24), first round, Wimbledon, 1985.[3]

Other long tiebreakers[edit]

In Washington 2015 first round Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah defeated Austin Krajicek/Nicholas Monroe 7–6(25–23), 6–3.

In F7 Futures Jablonec Nad Nisou 2015 first round Jan Mertl/Karel Svoboda defeated Lubomir Majsajdr/Dominik Recek 6-4, 3–6(20–18).

Women's singles[edit]


On February 21, 2017 at the $25,000 Moscow ITF tournament, Akgul Amanmuradova won a second set tiebreak 22-20 against Anna Zaja, however she lost the match 6-4, 6-7(20-22), 7-6(7-4).

Grand Slams[edit]

French Open[edit]

Denisa Allertová won a first set tiebreak in the 2015 French Open against Johanna Konta 19–17. This set the record for the longest women's tiebreak at Grand Slam level. Allertová ultimately won the match 7–6(19–17), 4–6, 6–2.

US Open[edit]

Maria Kirilenko won a second set tiebreaker over Samantha Stosur in the 2011 US Open, but eventually lost the match 2–6, 7–6(17–15), 3–6. Stosur went on to win the title.

Other long tiebreakers[edit]

Emmanuelle Gagliardi defeated Tara Snyder 6-7(19-21), 6-1, 6-1 at the 1999 Madrid Open.[12]

Ilana Kloss won a first set tiebreaker 19–17 over Kate Latham in the 1979 Crossley Carpets Trophy, but lost the match 7–6, 6–7, 6–2.

Anastasia Myskina won a third set tiebreaker 17–15 against Vera Zvonareva in the 2004 Acura Classic. She won the match 6–2, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(17–15).

Hsieh Su-wei also won a tiebreaker 17–15 against Lesia Tsurenko in a first round encounter in Miami in 2013. She won the match 6–4, 7–6(17–15).

Women's doubles[edit]

Longest supertiebreaker[edit]

Bethanie Mattek and Vladimíra Uhlířová defeated Jill Craybas and Michaëlla Krajicek 5-7, 6-4, [21-19] in the first round of 2008 Bausch & Lomb Championships.

Other long supertiebreakers[edit]

Gisela Dulko and Flavia Penetta defeated Edina Gallovits and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 4-6, 6-2, [20-18] in the semifinals of 2009 Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas.

Janette Husárová and Maria Kirilenko defeated Jill Craybas and Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2, 5-7, [19-17] in the first round of 2009 Aegon International.

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci defeated Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Květa Peschke 7-5, 2-6, [18-16] in the quarterfinals of 2013 Apia International Sydney.

Alisa Kleybanova and Ekaterina Makarova defeated Camille Pin and Aurélie Védy 2-6, 6-4, [18-16] in the quarterfinals of 2009 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem.

Aiko Nakamura and Camille Pin defeated Līga Dekmeijere and İpek Şenoğlu 1-6, 6-2, [18-16] in the first round of 2007 Bank of the West Classic.

Yaroslava Shvedova and Tamarine Tanasugarn defeated Vania King and Alla Kudryavtseva 2-6, 6-3, [17-15] in the first round of 2008 China Open.

Sophie Lefèvre and Ágnes Szatmári defeated Tatjana Malek and Antonia Matic 6-4, 6-7(7-9), [17-15] in the first round of 2007 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo.

Longest regular tiebreaker[edit]

Nicole Pratt and Bryanne Stewart defeated Corina Morariu and Rennae Stubbs 7–6(7–5), 7–6(22–20) in the first round in 2006 Amelia Island tournament.[3]

Other long tiebreakers[edit]

Manisha Malhotra and Sania Mirza won a 21–19 tiebreaker against Vlada Ekshibarova and Ivanna Israilova in their 2004 Fed Cup Asia-Oceania Zone doubles match. Malhotra and Mirza won 7–6(21–19), 6–1.

Rosemary Casals and Kathleen Horvath defeated Sandy Collins and Beth Herr 5-7, 6-1, 7-6(20-18) in the second round of 1984 Lipton WTA Championships.

Manon Bollegraf and Zina Garrison won a 18-16 tiebreaker against Christina Singer and Irina Spîrlea in 1994 Volkswagen Cup. Singer and Spîrlea won the match 7-6(7-2), 6-7(16-18), 6-4.

Mixed doubles[edit]

Longest regular tiebreaker[edit]

Meghann Shaughnessy / James Blake won a 15-13 tiebreak in a win against Daniela Hantuchová / Dominik Hrbatý in group stage of 2005 Hopman Cup. Final result was 0-6, 7-6, 7-6.[13]


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