Swiss Roger Federer says he has no problem at all with the four Grand Slam tournaments all having their own way of ending deadlocked final sets. Federer, seeded at No. 3, edged out Australia's John Millman 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (8) to reach the Australian Open round-of-16.
If the score in the final set at Melbourne Park reaches 6-6, the match will be decided by first-to-ten-points tie-breaks. At Wimbledon, the regular tie-break is played at 12-12 in the final set, while the US Open has kept its tradition of having a regular tie-break at 6-6 in the decider.
The French Open is now the only Grand Slam tournament which plays advantage sets in deciders. Federer was 8-4 down to Millman in the final set tie-break before he won six points in a row to avoid a shock exit. "I'm actually in a funny way okay with all four endings because they all have a reason to end the way do.
I don't know what it is. I'm of course a historian, I love when it just goes into the infinity," Federer told reporters after beating Millman.