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Federer, Kerber cool over new tie-break rules


Tennis stars Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber have cautiously welcomed new tie-break rules for the deciding set at the Australian Open.


Federer, who said he had been asked for his opinion on the change by tournament officials, admitted marathon final sets would be missed by some.


"We will miss the 70-68 in the fifth, so that's a pity," he said, referring to the famous final-set marathon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010.


Roger Federer, on the four Grand Slams all adopting different tie-break rules for the deciding set But Federer, who is in fine form after combining with Swiss compatriot Belinda Bencic to win his third Hopman Cup on Saturday, said he was "a bit torn" between the options.


Kerber - who has based her game on superior physical fitness - suggested her advantage could be diluted by shortened deciders in Melbourne, where she won her first Slam in 2016.


2, who lost 9-7 to Simona Halep in the deciding set of last year's Australian Open semi-final, saw both sides of the debate.






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