Wimbledon 2022: How is the winner determined if it gets to 6-6 in the fifth set?

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While the Wimbledon Championships are steeped in history and tradition, this year there will be a slight change in the rules regarding tie-breaks.

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The Grand Slam Council announced earlier this year that all four tournaments, the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open will adopt a universal rule for fifth-set tie-breaks. The idea was set up as a one-year trial after discussions between the WTA, ATP, ITF and the tennis officials community.

The introduction of a new tie-break format stems from the Grand Slams’ hopes of improving the experience for players and fans by increasing rule consistency.

Instead of the old Wimbledon structure where the winner of a fifth set tie-break is determined by the first player to take a two-game advantage after finishing the final set 6-6, the winner will now be decided by the first player to reach 10 points with a clear margin of two points.

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Under old Wimbledon rules, the two-game advantage to win the fifth set held until the tie-break reached 12-12. After that, victory would be awarded to whoever won the next game, like when Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 in the final.

The change in structure has been implemented in the men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles, wheelchair and junior events. In every Grand Slam with the exception of Wimbledon, mixed doubles, junior doubles and wheelchair doubles will forgo a final set and play the 10-point tie-break instead.

The new rule was first put in place at the start of Roland-Garros 2022, and the Grand Slam Board will assess the track throughout the Grand Slam year.

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