Longest tiebreaker in tennis

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

Match tie-breaks (also referred to as supertiebreakers), where a single game is used to decide a match when the score is one set all, have been in general use in doubles matches on the professional tours since the early 2000s. Although it had previously been used occasionally in tournaments affected by bad weather, from the beginning of 2019 the "10 point" match tie-break also became the official method of deciding singles qualifying matches which had reached one set all in ITF tournaments.

Men's singles[edit]

Overall[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 second 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] The longest men's singles tiebreaker at the ATP tour (main draw) or Grand Slam level is 20–18, which has occurred several times as described below.

Grand Slam events[edit]

Wimbledon[edit]

  • Björn Borg defeated Premjit Lall 6–3, 6–4, 9–8(20–18) in the first round of the men's singles in 1973.
  • John McEnroe and Borg took over 20 minutes to complete a fourth set tiebreaker in the 1980 men's singles final, with McEnroe winning 18–16. Borg eventually won the match 1–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–7(16–18), 8–6.
  • John Isner won 19–17 in a first set tiebreaker against Jarkko Nieminen in the second round in 2014, eventually winning the match 7–6(19–17), 7–6(7–3), 7–5.

US Open[edit]

  • Goran Ivanišević and Daniel Nestor played a 20–18 tiebreaker in their 1993 US Open first round match, won by Ivanišević 6–4, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(20–18).
  • Novak Djokovic won the first-set tiebreaker 16–14 over Alexandr Dolgopolov during their fourth round matchup at the 2011 US Open. Djokovic won the match in straight sets 7–6(16–14), 6–4, 6–2.
  • In the 2012 US Open men's singles final, Andy Murray won the first set tiebreaker against Djokovic 12–10, which was the longest tiebreak in a US Open final, and went on to win the match 7–6(12–10), 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 6–2.

Australian Open[edit]

French Open[edit]

Other long tiebreakers[edit]

Longest match tie-break[edit]

  • Ugo Blanchet defeated Edoardo Graziani 6-0, 3-6, [23–21] in the third and final round of qualifying in the $25,000 ITF tournament in Faro, Portugal, on March 2, 2021.[12] Graziani had the first two match points at 9-7 in the tie-break, and had a further five before Blanchet won on his eighth match point. Graziani lost the last point with an unforced error by smashing the ball to the net. Graziani then got through to the main draw as a Lucky Loser.

Other long match tie-breaks[edit]

  • Leonardo Aboian defeated Tristan Boyer 6–3, 4–6, [22–20] in the second round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on April 30, 2019.
  • Han Cheng defeated Zhao Zhao 2–6, 6–4, [21–19] in the first round of qualifying at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Shenzhen, China, on June 10, 2019. Each player had six match points in the decider.
  • Florian Lakat defeated Wilson Leite 4–6, 6–4, [20–18] in the first round of qualifying at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Palm Coast, Florida, United States, on February 3, 2020.
  • Lawrence Bataljin defeated Kosuke Ogura 6–1, 5–7, [20–18] in the first round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Cairo, Egypt, on April 11, 2021.
  • Francisco Llanes defeated Zura Tkemaladze 5–7, 6–3, [19–17] in the first round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Antalya, Turkey, on April 11, 2021.
  • Ivan Liutarevich defeated Grigoriy Korobeynikov 6–3, 5–7, [18–16] in the first round of qualifying at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Namangan, Uzbekistan, on April 29, 2019. He won on his third match point, having saved seven match points along the way.
  • Eric Caleguer defeated Anton Desyatnik 1–6, 7–5, [18–16] in the first round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Tabarka, Tunisia, on July 15, 2019.
  • Tom Hands defeated Josip Krstanović 6–1, 1–6, [18–16] in the first round of qualifying at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Barnstaple, Great Britain, on February 9, 2020. Krstanović had three match points at 9–6 in the tie-breaker, but lost the lot. He had three further match points before Hands won on his fifth match point.
  • Ken Onishi defeated Maikel De Boes 6–4, 3–6, [18–16] in the second round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Cairo on January 25, 2021.
  • Mikolaj Lorens defeated Mihnea-Lorin Stefan Turcu 1–6, 6–3, [17–15] in the first round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Antalya on January 28, 2019.
  • Marco Brugnerotto defeated Federico Iannaccone 7–6(7–3), 4–6, [17–15] in the second round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on March 11, 2019.
  • Benjamin Fumi defeated Dustin Goldenberg 6–3, 6–7(4–7), [17–15] in the second round of qualifying at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Lagos, Nigeria, on October 8, 2019.
  • Noah Thurner defeated Annei Laska 6–4, 4–6, [17–15] in the first round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Sharm El Sheikh on October 13, 2019.
  • Li Yuanfeng defeated Vicente Oliver Moratalla 6–2, 2–6, [17–15] in the second round of qualifying at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Murcia, Spain, on March 2, 2020.
  • Dominik Kellovský defeated Lodewijk Weststrate 6–3, 3–6, [17–15] in the first round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Heraklion, Greece, on November 1, 2020.
  • Luca Castagnola defeated Thiago Cigarran 6–1, 6–7(6–8), [17–15] in the first round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Antalya on January 28, 2021.
  • Pol Amoros Ramos defeated Carlos López Montagud 6–4, 4–6, [17–15] in the second round of qualifying at the $25,000 ITF tournament in La Nucia, Spain, on March 15, 2021.
  • Faisal Qamar defeated Anirudh Chandrasekar 6–4, 3–6, [17–15] in the second round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Pune, India, on March 22, 2020. Qamar had two match points at 9–7 in the tie-breaker, but lost both. He eventually won on his fifth match point, having saved three from Chandrasekar. The latter also has an entry in the doubles section below.
  • Lewie Lane defeated Adam Jones 3–6, 6–1, [17–15] in the first round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Sharm El Sheikh on March 28, 2021.
  • Luigi Castelletti defeated Matthias Uwe Kask 7–5, 2–6, [17–15] in the second round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Šibenik, Croatia, on April 19, 2021. Castelletti won on his third match point, having saved five from Kask.
  • Gabriel Donev defeated Santiago de la Fuente 7–5, 1–6, [17–15] in the second round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Cairo on May 3, 2021.

Men's doubles[edit]

Longest regular tiebreaker[edit]

Other long tiebreakers[edit]

Longest match tie-break[edit]

Other long match tie-breaks[edit]

Women's singles[edit]

Overall[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 Slam events[edit]

French Open[edit]

  • Denisa Allertová won a first set tiebreak in 2015 against Johanna Konta 19–17. This set the record for the longest women's tiebreak at Grand Slam level (but also see below - Inglis v Šramková). Allertová ultimately won the match 7–6(19–17), 4–6, 6–2.

US Open[edit]

Other long tiebreakers[edit]

  • Emmanuelle Gagliardi defeated Tara Snyder 6–7(19–21), 6–1, 6–1 at the 1999 Madrid Open.[22]
  • Nuria Brancaccio won a first-set tiebreaker 21–19 over Lucie Petruzelová in the first round of qualifying for the Ottava Edizione CMG Tennis Cup, a $15,000 ITF tournament in Trieste, Italy, on August 30, 2020. She won the match 7–6(21–19), 6–1.
  • Andreea Prisăcariu won a first-set tiebreaker 20–18 over Diana Demidova in the third and final round of qualifying for the MTA Open series, a $15,000 ITF tournament in Antalya, Turkey, on March 2, 2021. She won the match 7–6(20–18), 6–2.
  • 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.
  • Luisa Meyer auf der Heide won a first-set tiebreaker 19–17 over Dia Evtimova in the second round of qualifying for the GD Tennis Cup series, another $15,000 ITF tournament in Antalya, on November 4, 2019. She won the match 7–6(19–17), 6–1.
  • Maddison Inglis won a third-set tiebreaker 19–17 against Rebecca Šramková in the first round of qualifying for the 2020 Australian Open. She won the match 6–3, 0–6, 7–6(19–17). Note, though, that this was a 10-point tie-breaker because it was in the deciding set. Šramková led 7–4 at what would have been the regular finishing point, and then 8–4, before Inglis won five points in a row to lead 9–8. From there points went with serve until Šramková was broken at 17-17, and Inglis then held serve to win on her sixth match point.
  • 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).
  • Yanina Wickmayer won a first-set tiebreaker 17–15 against Amra Sadiković in a first round encounter in the 2017 Nürnberger Versicherungscup. Wickmayer eventually won the match 7–6(17–15), 6–7(4–7), 6–2.
  • Ankita Raina won a second-set tiebreaker 17–15 against Liang En-Shuo in a second round encounter at the 2018 ITF $60,000 Jinan Open. Raina ultimately won the match 3–6, 7–6(17–15), 6–3.
  • Madison Bourguignon won a second-set tiebreaker 17–15 against Natalia Orlova in a first round encounter at the Cancun Tennis Cup, a $15,000 ITF tournament in Cancun, Mexico, on May 8, 2019. Bourguignon ultimately won the match 3–6, 7–6(17–15), 4–1 when Orlova retired. This match took 3 hours and 43 minutes, and is the longest in women's tennis which was not played to a finish.
  • Angelina Gabueva won a first-set tiebreaker 17–15 over Emily Fanning in the second round of qualifying for the 2019 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, and went on to win the match 7–6(17–15), 6–0.

Longest match tie-break[edit]

  • Daria-Maria Munteanu defeated Ștefana Lazar 6–3, 1–6, [22–20] in the second round of qualifying in the $15,000 ITF tournament in Curtea de Argeș, Romania, on September 3, 2019. Munteanu had the lead in the tie-break at 9–8, and eventually won on her seventh match point, having saved six from Lazar.

Other long match tie-breaks[edit]

  • Veronika Pepelyaeva defeated Alina Silich 6–1, 5–7, [21–19] in the final round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Antalya, Turkey, on December 17, 2019.
  • Dana Shakirova defeated Elena Korokozidi 6–2, 0–6, [21–19] in the first round of qualifying at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Kazan, Russia, on January 20, 2020. Korokozidi had the first of her seven match points in the tie-breaker at 9–8, but Shakirova eventually won on her fifth match point.
  • Weronika Foryś defeated Jennifer Rosa Dourado 6–4, 2–6, [20–18] in the first round of qualifying in the $15,000 ITF tournament in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on February 18, 2019.
  • Beatrice Lombardo defeated Enola Chiesa 6–1, 3–6, [19–17] in the second round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Schio, Italy, on July 23, 2019. Chiesa had four match points at 9–5 in the tie-breaker, but lost them all. She had a further six as the tie-breaker progressed before Lombardo won on her third match point.
  • Sem Wensveen defeated Sylvie Zund 7–5, 6–7(5–7), [19–17] in the first round of qualifying in the $15,000 ITF tournament in Sharm El Sheikh on February 21, 2021.
  • Anastasiya Poplavska defeated Hala Khaled 5–7, 6–2, [18–16] in the second round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Sharm El Sheikh on April 2, 2019.
  • Arabella Koller defeated Demi Tran 6–7(3–7), 6–3, [18–16] in the final round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Sharm El Sheikh on November 12, 2019.
  • Anna Powaska-Kobylarz defeated Jessica Fowler 0–6, 6–0, [18–16] in the second round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Heraklion, Greece, on November 18, 2019.
  • Yana Morderger defeated Hsieh Yu-chieh 6–7(3–7), 6–1, [17–15] in the second round of qualifying at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Sunderland, Great Britain, on April 8, 2019.
  • Manca Pislak defeated Paula Arias Manjón 6–4, 5–7, [17–15] in the third round of qualifying at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Vienna, Austria, on August 26, 2019. Arias Manjón had the first of her six match points in the tie-breaker at 9–8, but Pislak eventually won on her second match point.
  • Pauline Demel defeated Liubov Demidova 4–6, 6–1, [17–15] in the first round of qualifying at the $15,000 ITF tournament in Antalya on November 24, 2019.
  • Alana Parnaby defeated Ayumi Koshiishi 2–6, 6–4, [17–15] in the first round of qualifying at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Perth, Western Australia, on February 23, 2020.

Women's doubles[edit]

Longest regular tiebreaker[edit]

Other long tiebreakers[edit]

Longest match tie-break[edit]

Other long match tie-breaks[edit]

Mixed doubles[edit]

Longest regular tiebreaker[edit]

Longest match tie-break[edit]

  • Raluca Olaru and Franko Škugor defeated Katarina Srebotnik and Michael Venus 4–6, 6–4, [16–14] in the second round of the 2018 US Open. The tiebreaker alone lasted 21 minutes. Olaru and Škugor recovered from 4–8 in the tiebreaker to get the first of their five match points at 9–8. Srebotnik and Venus had two match points of their own, at 10–9 and 14–13.

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