Wimbledon gets first 12-12 final set tie-break

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John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played out the longest match in Wimbledon history in 2010, at 11hrs 5mins with Isner winning the final set 70-68 

London, AFP: Wimbledon got its first 12-12 final set tie-break on Tuesday when Henri Kontinen and John Peers defeated Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in a men’s doubles match. 

The eighth-seeded pair won 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 13-12 (7/2) in four hours and 29 minutes. 

The third round match was suspended due to bad light on Monday and resumed Tuesday on the 1,750-seater Court 12 show court. 

The All England Club introduced a final set tie-break this year as a means of eradicating marathon matches. 

In 2018, Kevin Anderson defeated John Isner in the men’s semi-finals in the second-longest match ever at the Slams, at six hours and 36 minutes. 

The final set, which alone lasted for two hours and 50 minutes, was only decided at 26-24. 

The second semi-final, in which Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 10-8 in the final set, took five hours and 15 minutes.