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Wimbledon's marathon matches have been consigned to the past after the All England Club announced the introduction of final-set tie-breaks when the score reaches 12-12.  (stock photo)

Wimbledon's marathon matches have been consigned to the past after the All England Club announced the introduction of final-set tie-breaks when the score reaches 12-12. (stock photo)

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Wimbledon's marathon matches have been consigned to the past after the All England Club announced the introduction of final-set tie-breaks when the score reaches 12-12. (stock photo)

Wimbledon's marathon matches have been consigned to the past after the All England Club announced the introduction of final-set tie-breaks when the score reaches 12-12.

One of the most famous matches in Wimbledon history saw John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in 2010, while the change was prompted by another match involving Isner, when the American lost to Kevin Anderson 26-24 in the final set in this year's semi-finals.

The knock-on effect meant the second semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had to be completed the following day, causing a two-hour delay to the women's final.

The new rule will apply to all matches at next year's event.

All England Club Chairman Philip Brook said: "In reaching this decision, the AELTC Committee sought the feedback of players and officials, analysed two decades of data, and considered factors including scheduling and spectator experience."

Wimbledon is the second Grand Slam to introduce final-set tie-breaks, with singles matches at the US Open decided by a tie-break at 6-6.

Belfast Telegraph