tie·​break·​er | \ ˈtī-ˌbrā-kər \

Definition of tiebreaker

: an additional contest or period of play used to select a winner when a competition ends in a tie

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Nadal had four set points in the second-set tiebreaker to take a two-set lead against del Potro, but failed to convert them. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "On a Wild Day at Wimbledon, Federer Exits and Nadal Hangs On," 11 July 2018 Argentine Del Potro fought off four set points in the second-set tiebreaker and won, tying the match one set apiece and setting the tone for a thriller that stretched into the late evening. Sam Farmer, latimes.com, "It's Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic and John Isner-Kevin Anderson in very different Wimbledon men's singles semifinals," 11 July 2018 Williams was behind a set and a service break before managing to force a third set by prevailing on a fourth set point in the second set tiebreaker. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams upset in third round by Kiki Bertens," 6 July 2018 He was given a code violation in the fourth-set tiebreaker on Wednesday after losing his cool following a video review that went against him. Mattias Karen, chicagotribune.com, "Guido Pella stuns No. 3 seed Marin Cilic at Wimbledon; Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal advance," 5 July 2018 He was given a code violation in the fourth-set tiebreaker on Wednesday after losing his cool following a video review that went against him. Houston Chronicle, "Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal advance at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 Isner’s first four serves in the second-set tiebreaker came in fast and strong at 138 mph, 136 mph, 137 mph and 139 mph, respectively, to enable him to race to a 5-2 lead. Sandra Harawitt, miamiherald, "Playing his best tennis in a long time, Isner stuns the crowd favorite at the Miami Open | Miami Herald," 30 Mar. 2018 The chief justice of the state Supreme Court would have continued to name a tiebreaker. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "New Jersey Gov. Murphy Calls for Expanding Voter Access," 19 Dec. 2018 If past games matter, perhaps tiebreakers should be decided by the number of shots on goal. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "World Cup’s fresh theme: what might have been," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of tiebreaker

circa 1932, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tiebreaker

: something (such as an extra period of play or an extra question) that is used to decide a winner when a game, contest, etc., has ended with a tied score

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