The tie-break has been introduced to tennis since 1970 and 45 years later there’s no separate record for the number of points concerning singles. Seven times 20/18 occurred, but only once in the deciding set – at Queens Club in London 1997. Ivanisevic trailed 3:5* in that tie-break, then saved six match points (five on his own serve):
5:6* – Rusedski  made an error on approach shot
8:9 – service winner (2nd serve)
10:11 – service winner
12:13 – BH-volley
14:15 – overhead
16:17 – service winner (2nd serve)
…and finished the 1-hour 44-minute battle with an ace down the T. “The tiebreaker was unbelievable,” Ivanisevic  said. “We both played some fantastic points. Maybe I was a little luckier than him. Greg played great. He is serving great and he is hard to return. He is going to be very dangerous at Wimbledon. It’ll be tough to break him, especially if he’s not seeded and you get him early on the slippery grass.” It was an all-serve-and-volley match, albeit Rusedski stayed back six times on his serve, and he did it twice in crucial moments: holding first match point, and at 18-all, when he netted a tentative BH slice. Ivanisevic & Rusedski played ten times against each other, the Croat won their first nine meetings, including 11 out of 12 tie-breaks – there’s no other H2H with such a big TB difference, and it’s worth mentioning that Rusedski wasn’t a bad TB player at all.
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