tie·​break | \ ˈtī-ˌbrāk How to pronounce tiebreak (audio) \

Definition of tiebreak

: tiebreaker a tennis tiebreak

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Cecchinato converted on his fourth match point in the gripping fourth-set tiebreak, his backhand return looping in down the line as the Serb served and volleyed. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Ailing Novak Djokovic upset by inspired Marco Cecchinato at French Open," 5 June 2018 Del Potro’s contest against Rafael Nadal was intense at first, with two comebacks from Nadal, who twice lost his serve but broke back for a first-set tiebreak. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "U.S. Open Men’s Final Sets Up to Be a Classic," 8 Sep. 2018 The 10-time champion saved four set points in the nail-biting tiebreak. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "French Open 2018: Maria Sharapova wins on return as Rafael Nadal tested," 29 May 2018 Marrero saved a match point with a dive volley in the third-set tiebreak, but the pair lost the fourth set quickly, in 27 minutes. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Signs of Possible Match-Fixing in Wimbledon Men’s Doubles," 11 July 2018 Basically, this crazy tiebreak scenario can only occur if a few things happen exactly like this: First, the Flyers must lose to the Rangers by exactly two goals (in regulation, obviously). Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Here's the Crazy Scenario That Would Result in an NHL Tiebreaker Game," 6 Apr. 2018 In the third set tiebreak against Nadal, Shapovalov was exhausted and in pain. Chloé Cooper Jones, GQ, "Denis Shapovalov Is the Thrilling, Gutsy Teen of Tennis," 25 May 2018 These tiebreaks will determine each team's odds of getting the top pick, as well as establish their place in the standings for how teams will be slotted outside of the top three. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "NBA Draft Lottery Order: Regular-Season Standings Tiebreakers, Traded Picks, Lottery Odds," 12 Apr. 2018 Nadal played a trio of uncharacteristically loose points, then del Potro stole the set in a tiebreak. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Four Thoughts From Four Quarterfinals: Rafa-Djokovic to Meet, Federer Upset," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of tiebreak

1970, in the meaning defined above

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