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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 39-39, 50-50 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    57 % Opelka – 52 of 90
    55 % Isner – 49 of 88

    Tie-breaks: (9/7, 24/22)…

    Finally! 49 years after a teenage Borg won a tie-break 20/18 vs Lall at Wimbledon (three years after the tie-break introduction), that long-lasting record has been officially broken (there was 24/22 in a qualifying ATP match). It makes a perfect sense that Opelka & Isner were involved – the two tallest players who play long tie-breaks more frequently than anyone else (once together), and serve perfectly facing each other – they have played 12 tie-breaks in 12 consecutive sets which is a special record as well (only two breaks in those sets) # In their Dallas semifinal Opelka saved 11 set points in total (1, 10) – it’s also a rarity that a player wins 2-0 being one point away to lose both sets, it happens only 2-3 times per season. Below how he saved those eleven set points:

    1st tie-break:
    6:7 – ace

    2nd tie-break:
    5:6 – ace
    7:8 – ace
    8:9* – BH passing-shot
    9:10 – ace
    11:12 – ace
    13:14 – (FH error)
    15:16 – unreturned serve
    17:18 – FH winner
    19:20 – (BH error)
    21:22 – ace

    On Opelka’s 8th match point, Isner proposed a serve-and-volley action (6/8 for the match, Opelka didn’t play it once), his younger friend passed him with a backhand down the line. Prior to the second set tie-break, they played 12 games whithin 36 minutes, the 13th game lasted 34 minutes.

    The longest tie-breaks to win the match 2-0:
    Dallas ’22: Opelka d. Isner 7-6, 7-6(22)
    Houston ’04: Federer d. Safin 6-3, 7-6(18)
    Toronto ’06: Acasuso d. Phau 7-5, 7-6(18)
    Florence ’85: Arias d. Allan 6-2, 7-6(15)
    Indianapolis ’01: Ljubicic d. Woodruff 6-3, 7-6(15)
    Acapulco ’05: Montanes d. Zib 6-4, 7-6(15)
    Hamburg ’07: Ferrero d. Safin 6-3, 7-6(15)
    Washington ’16: Johnson d. Isner 7-6, 7-6(15)
    Rosmalen ’93: Masur d. Krajicek 6-3, 7-6(14)
    Lyon ’93: Pioline d. El Aynaoui 7-6, 7-6(14)
    Cincinnati ’96: Muster d. W.Ferreira 7-6, 7-6(14)
    Basel ’06: Federer d. Ferrer 6-3, 7-6(14)
    Nottingham ’08: Karlovic d. Querrey 7-6, 7-6(14)
    London ’12: Isner d. Tipsarevic 7-5, 7-6(14)
    Bogota ’13: Karlovic d. Sijsling 6-3, 7-6(14)
  2. Voo de Mar says:
    # 8 consecutive tie-breaks sets in rivalries Isner vs Karlovic (4-4) and Safin vs Ljubicic (4-4)

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