LONDON (Reuters) - Tennis's marathon man John Isner has welcomed Wimbledon's decision to introduce tiebreaks at 12-12 in the final set.
"You're getting people who like the advantage and people who like tie-breaks".
"During that same post-match press conference, the 6'8" South African suggested the tiebreaker at 12-12 option.
Isner was also involved in the longest match ever played at Wimbledon in 2010 when his encounter with Nicolas Mahut finished 6-4 3-6 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 70-68 in favour of the American. This draws the tournament in line with the US Open which also uses a tiebreak in the final set.More news: Plastics have entered human food chain, study shows
"There is drama enough in a tie-breaker, you could argue that there is more".
The AELTC said "the time had come" to introduce a tie-break method at "a reasonable point" in a deciding set.
"There were mixed views, it's fair to say".
Many players have supported the move keeping in mind how hard it gets as the game affects the player as well as the other matches on subsequent rounds. "I don't think they are going to do that, but I think I've been a big driving force for it".More news: Arizona Cardinals’ CB Patrick Peterson Requests Trade
Meanwhile Tsitsipas saw off the challenge of German Philipp Kohlschreiber, eventually coming through in a second set tiebreak to win 6-3, 7-6 (4). He beat eight-time champion Roger Federer 13-11 in the fifth set in the quarterfinals, and then defeated Isner 26-24 in the fifth in the semi-finals - the second-longest match in the history of a tournament that began in 1877.
"They recognise that the quality of tennis goes down and players start playing not to lose in a long final set rather than the determination to win, and they recognise it affects the quality of matches in subsequent rounds".
John Isner is into the semifinals of the Stockholm Open after defeating compatriot Tennys Sandgren in Sweden.
A tie-break is played in the fifth set at the US Open at 6-6, but at the Australian Open and French Open the final set must be won by two clear games.More news: WTA Finals: Pliskova beats Wozniacki in straight sets