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Tie Break Tens Guide: What It Is, Who Is Playing And How To Watch



The third edition of the annual Tie Break Tens exhibition will get underway later on Thursday at the Caja Magica in Madrid.


Unlike traditional tennis, the exhibition event sees players playing a series of matches with the winner being the first to reach ten points (with at least a two-point gap). Players will change ends after six points. Previous winners of the event are Kyle Edmund (London) and Dominic Thiem (Vienna).

This year will be the first time the tournament is played on clay and the first time it features women. The Caja Magica is the same venue as next week’s Madrid Open. A total of 16 players will participate in the winner-takes-all extravaganza with the champion claiming $200,000 in prize money. A further $100,000 will also be donated to the Mutua charity against domestic violence.

Who is playing

Three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka heads the men’s field in what will be his Tie Break Tens debut. This season the Swiss player has reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open and the final in Indian Wells. Wawrinka has played 11 tie-breaks on the tour this year, winning eight of them.

‘This is going to be a really exciting night of tennis with some great players and a format that will create of lot of pressure moments. There is nothing in the sport like the feeling of a tie-break – both to play and to watch”

Joining Wawrinka will be Grigor Dimitrov, who has already won two ATP titles this season. The Bulgarian recently said the event ‘brings out the best’ in players due to it’s format of making players play pressure points. Tomas Berdych, Jack Sock, Dan Evans and Lucas Pouille are among other entrants.

“I’ve been playing well during the last week and I’ll try to keep this level. I can’t wait to play the Tie Break Tens and I’m sure that we will have a very good time. I’ve seen there is an spectacular field so I’ll need to give my very best from the first ball.” Said Pouille.

List of male players
Stan Wawrinka
Grigor Dimitrov
Dan Evans
Lucas Pouille
Jack Sock
Tomas Berdych
Feliciano Lopez
Fernando Verdasco

The inaugural women’s competition features an outstanding field consisting of six top-10 players, the current Olympic Champion and Maria Sharapova. Simona Halep is the highest ranked player in the field. The world No.4 has only played two tie breaks in 13 matches this season, winning both of them.

‘Tie-breaks are always tense, and with so many top players playing them in Tie Break Tens, it is going to be a great night in Madrid.’ Said Halep.

French Open champion Garbine Muguruza will be hoping to triumph in front of her home crowd as she bids to get back on track. Muguruza recently suffered a shock second round loss at the Stuttgart Open. Johanna Konta, Agnieszka Radwanska and Svetlana Kuznetsova are also participating.

‘It’s going to be different and intense. For three hours there will be 16 of us giving everything for every point. From start to finish. We are all going to be trying our utmost and that will make it very special for the fans.’ Muguruza recent stated.

Maria Sharapova will also have the opportunity to test out her form against the world’s best as she continues her comeback from a doping ban.

List of female players
Simona Halep
Johanna Konta
Agnieszka Radwańska
Maria Sharapova
Monica Puig
Garbine Muguruza
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Madison Keys

What time is it?

The event is scheduled to get underway at 19:30 GMT on Thursday, May 4th and last for approximately three hours.

The draw

Madison Keys V. Svetlana Kuznetsova
Agnieszka Radwanska V. Garbine Muguruza
Johanna Konta V. Simona Halep
Monica Puig V. Maria Sharapova

Grigor Dimitrov V. Dan Evans
Lucas Pouille V. Fernando Verdasco
Tomas Berdych V. Jack Sock
Stan Wawrinka V. Feliciano Lopez

The winner of each match progress to the next round in what will be a knock-out format.

How to watch

This year’s exhibition event has scored numerous broadcast deals. In the UK it will be shown live on Sky channel Dave. Dave has never previously broadcast a tennis event of any kind. Other broadcasters include ESPN (America) and Teledeorte (Spain). A list of broadcasters can be seen at https://www.tiebreaktens.com/madrid/broadcasters/

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Dominic Thiem Rules Federer Out Of GOAT Debate

The Austrian puts forward his theory on who should be regarded as the best player in history.



Dominic Thiem; e-motion/Bildagentur Zolles KG/Martin Steiger, 27.10.2022

The honour of which player deserves to be regarded as the greatest of all time (GOAT) should be decided based on one factor, according to Dominic Thiem. 


The former world No.3 has weighed in on the debate by suggesting that the argument should be settled by the number of Grand Slam titles a player has won as they are the most prestigious tournaments in the sport. In tennis, the four major tournaments are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. 

Thiem’s GOAT criteria have therefore ruled Roger Federer out of contention. The Swiss maestro was at one stage the frontrunner due to the numerous records he has broken throughout his career. However, he retired from the sport last year with 20 Grand Slam trophies under his belt which is less than both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who are currently on 22 each. 

“In my opinion, the Grand Slam titles should be the defining criteria when determining the best of all time, they are the four most important tournaments in tennis,” Eurosport quotes Thiem as saying. 
“Everything else is fine, but it’s not the same. The Slams are what counts, so the GOAT will probably be the one with the most Grand Slams.”

Others will argue that more factors should be taken into account in the subjective debate. For example, Federer has won 103 ATP titles which are more than his two rivals, Djokovic holds the record for most weeks as world No.1 and Nadal has won more tournaments on clay than any other player in history. Furthermore, there is the players’ win-loss rate on the Tour and their records against the top 10 players. 

Recently at the Australian Open Djokovic won the men’s title for a historic 10th time in his career. An achievement that has been hailed by Thiem who was runner-up to the Serbian at Melbourne Park in 2021. 

“I am not very surprised, Djokovic still looks young,” he said. “Physically and mentally, because of the way he moves on the court. It’s like he was 25 years old.
“We have to be honest, he is the best, so his victory was not very surprising.”

Thiem has won one Grand Slam title which was at the 2020 US Open when he became the first man in the Open Era to come back from two sets down to win in the final. He has also been runner-up at the French Open twice, as well as the Australian Open once. 

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Andreescu edges Kostyuk to reach semis in Hua Hin

Bianca Andreescu is into the semi-finals in Thailand.



Bianca Andreescu (@BenLewisMPC - Twitter)

The Canadian is into the final four in Thailand after beating the Ukrainian in straight sets.


Bianca Andreescu booked her spot in the semifinal of the Thailand Open in Hua Hin after beating the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in straight sets 6-0, 7-6 in one hour and 28 minutes.

The number one seed hit 19 winners and won 69% of her first serve points in a match where she had an amazing start but was dealt some adversity in the second set.

“I don’t think I started playing bad in the second set,” Andreescu said. “I think she just raised her game and she is always a tough opponent so I wasn’t expecting anything easy.”

The Toronto native who was making her first trip to Thailand came out to a flying start breaking three times in the first set en route to serving a bagel 6-0 set in a mere 25 minutes on court.

Riding the momentum into the second set, the Canadian broke again in the first game and at 3-1 went up a double break and found herself up 5-1 and a game away from the semis.

That’s when the number five seed started fighting back and at 5-2 broke Andreescu for the first time in the match and won the next two games to level the set at 5-5, using her powerful forehand to do it.

The set and the match were ultimately decided by a tiebreaker where the top seed got the early lead at 4-2 and served out the set and match at 6-3 in the breaker to secure the win.

After the match in her on-court interview, she was asked about her chances in the next match.

“I am hoping to win the tournament and I really believe in myself and if I get the support I need hopefully I can win the next two matches.”

Andreescu will face another Ukrainian in the semi-finals Lesia Tsurenko who had no issues getting past the German Tatjana Maria in straight sets 6-1 6-1 in one hour and 16 minutes.

In the other two quarterfinal matches, Lin Zhu of China beat the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 15 minutes to set up an all-Chinese semi-final with the number seven seed Xinju Wang.

Wang needed three sets to get past the Brit Heather Watson 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in two hours and 40 minutes.

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Australian Open Daily Preview: Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas Play for the Men’s Championship



Novak Djokovic this week in Melbourne (twitter.com/australianopen)

A year ago, Novak Djokovic experienced quite an embarrassing debacle.  After the unvaccinated Djokovic was initially granted an exemption and allowed to enter Australia, he was later detained, and eventually deported and prevented from competing at this tournament.  His refusal to get vaccinated continues to prevent Novak from competing in North American tournaments, missing Indian Wells, Miami, Canada, Cincinnati, and the US Open last year. 


But at the events Djokovic has been allowed to participate in over the past seven months, he has been nearly unstoppable.  Since the beginning of Wimbledon last June, he is now 37-2, with five titles.  Novak comes into this championship match on a 16-match winning streak, with seven of those victories against top 10 opposition.  With a win on Sunday, Djokovic not only ties Rafael Nadal in their ongoing race for history with 22 Major titles, but he also regains the World No.1 ranking, despite all the tennis he’s missed.

However, standing in his way is a hungry and confident Stefanos Tsitsipas.  This is the Greek’s second Major final, and the second time he’s encountered Djokovic in this round of a Slam.  Two years ago in the championship match of Roland Garros, Tsitsipas secured the first two sets, before losing to Novak in five.  If Stefanos can win one more set on Sunday, he’ll not only win his first Major title, he’ll also become the World No.1 for the first time.

Also on Sunday, the women’s doubles champions will be crowned.  Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, who have won six Majors as a team, face Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara, who are vying for their first Major as a team. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas (3) vs. Novak Djokovic (4) – 7:30pm on Rod Laver Arena

Djokovic’s excellence in the latter rounds of the Australian Open is rivaled only by Nadal’s excellence at Roland Garros.  Novak is now 19-0 in the semifinals and finals of this tournament, which is quite staggering.  He’s also won his last 27 matches at this event, and his last 40 in Australia in general, a streak that dates back over five years.  While Novak suffered a hamstring injury a week before this fortnight, he has still advanced to this final rather easily, dropping only one set through six matches.

Tsitsipas has now reached the semifinals or better in four of the last five years at the Australian Open, but this is his first time reaching the final.  He enjoys plenty of Greek support at this event, and appears to have some extra swagger in his step during this fortnight.  Stefanos has dropped three sets to this stage, and has been superb at saving break points.  Through six matches, he has saved 44 of 53 break points faced.

Both men feel fully at home on Rod Laver Arena, and have described it as their favorite court.  But this is their first meeting on RLA.  They’ve met plenty of times on other courts though, in a rivalry that’s been thoroughly dominated by Djokovic.  The Serbian leads 10-2, and has claimed their last nine matches.  That includes four matches that took place in 2022, in which Novak won eight of their nine sets.  They played three times within a six-week period this past fall on indoor hard courts, with their closest and best matchup taking place in the semifinals of Bercy, where Djokovic prevailed in a final-set tiebreak.

Djokovic is undeniably a huge favorite to win his 10th Australian Open.  But that common knowledge takes a lot of pressure off Tsitsipas, who was so close to defeating Novak the last time they met in a Slam final.  Djokovic has been rather unbothered by all competition during this tournament, even with an injured hamstring.  Can Stefanos pull off one of the bigger surprises in recent tennis history?  I expect him to challenge Novak on Sunday, but Tsitsipas’ backhand remains a liability. And with Djokovic determined to avenge what he sees as mistreatment a year ago in Australia, a Novak loss would be truly surprising.

Sunday’s full Order of Play is here.

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