More leagues, more tournaments, and even the pros are now “defaulting” to using the 10-point tiebreaker in place of a full third set. So, should you just roll the dice or what should be your strategy to be more successful than not in these deciding ten points?
Same or Different?
The usual advice is “play the same game that got you there.” In fact, you had to be modestly successful so far, because by definition you have split sets to get to this point.
But let’s say that you won the first set easily; but the other team then blew you out in the second set 6-1. There has to be some “lesson” in the second set loss that you want to change in the tie breaker. Or conversely, you lost the first but YOU came back strong in the second. What changed?
My basic philosophy is “The team that has the offense at the end, wins!” Too many teams get conservative during a match tiebreaker and allow their opponents to gain the offense.
And what if you fall behind a “mini break” (TV announcer terminology that I do not like. I would rather they called it a “point break”)? Different from the 7-point set tiebreaker, the 10-pointer allows for more “come backs” before reaching ten points. So don’t sweat the slight score difference, just maintain your offensive push point by point.
Other thoughts on how to best play these match deciders??
PS Thanks to Steve Diamond for the post idea.
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