July 9, 2019 / 2:57 PM / 11 days ago

Wimbledon witnesses first 12-12 tiebreak

LONDON (Reuters) - 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.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris

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