The All England Club took a historic step on Friday, introducing a final-set tie-break when the score reaches 12-12 from 2019 forward.
<p>Wimbledon conducted a thorough review of match data from the past two decades and a consultation with players and officials to reach a final decision. The new format will see a tie-break being played when the result reaches 12-12 in the fifth set. This rule will apply to all events at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club with the first player to win seven points in the tie-break – win by two – earning the victory.</p><p>The change is likely to be supported by most of the players, especially John Isner. The match between Kevin Anderson and Isner earlier this year intensified the debate over whether or not to include a final-set tie break.</p><p>The South-African defeated John in the event’s longest semifinal in history, with Anderson emerging victorious 26-24 in the fifth set after 6 hours and 35 minutes. The Johannesburg native went on to lose to Novak Djokovic in the final in straight sets less than 48 hours later. Anderson admitted afterwards that he didn’t feel great and had little energy left for the final. Isner also played the longest match in tennis history at the All England Club, defeating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set after 11 hours and five minutes of play over three days.</p><p>Despite the change, Isner’s chances of winning Wimbledon are extremely low. Isner will turn 34 in April and although he made it to the semifinals this season, the Greensboro native only won 60% of the matches played throughout his career at the All England Club. Betfair offers the best price in the market with Isner at +8000 to win Wimbledon.</p><p>The All England Club promises new things for the 2019 edition but that does not apply to the betting markets. Defending champion Novak Djokovic is the main favorite to lift the trophy <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4535&book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Sportsbook">at +250 at Bet365</a> while eight-time champion Roger Federer is right behind him <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4554&book=William Hill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join William Hill & Start Playing Today!">at +350 at William Hill</a>. Besides these two, the other members of the ‘Big Four’ are among the top contenders for the title. Rafael Nadal can never be underestimated on the big stage with Betfair offering +700 on the Spaniard’s outright. On the other hand, Andy Murray is also one of the sportsbooks top choices to lift the trophy. The two-time champion is still battling to regain top form and fitness but his incredible record in Wimbledon makes him one of the main contenders for the title at +800 at Bet365.</p>