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Men's Olympic final adopts best-of-three format

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3rd April, 2019
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The men’s tennis final at next year’s Tokyo Olympics will change format to a best-of-three tiebreak sets instead of five, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced.

Wednesday’s decision brings the men’s gold medal match into line with other Olympic singles matches which are all played as best-of-three sets.

Britain’s Andy Murray defeated Juan Martin Del Potro over four gruelling sets in the final in Rio three years ago.

The men’s and women’s doubles tournaments, meanwhile, will now feature a first-to-10-points tie-break instead of a deciding third set, the same format that has been used for mixed doubles.

“These amendments reduce concerns of overplay for players who reach the latter stages of all three events – singles, doubles and mixed doubles,” the ITF said in a statement.