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Just for the record

Great match even though I hoped for a different result.

Those guys were really smackin' that pelota around, and yet Goiko's error rate was at the nano level. Amazing play all around.

However, my annual complaint re partidos is to state just how much I detest the 5-point tiebreak.

The logic is very simple:

Most people seem to get more enjoyment and satisfaction from a closely contested match. So why in the world would you want to isolate those cases and turn them over to an ultra-brief tiebreak where chance can ruin everything?

The whole point of a partido is to have a long enough format to allow the best team or player to prevail. Unlike a single Spec 7 game, for example.

Does anyone think that just when you have one of the best-contested matches going, that's when the crowd can't wait to get out of there?

Anyhow, I have already posted studies showing just how much is to be gained by increasing the goal by a couple of points. So skip that this time.

But, THIS shows how tennis handles it, as well as revealing that some thought has gone into the format, and how the 7-point tiebreak has evolved to its present state..

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