What tie-breaker is used in the ATP ranking, when two players have the same number of points?


EDIT: Ok, I have completely rewritten my answer now that I understand this completely myself. In my opinion, these rankings being so hard to figure out is one thing that tennis suffers from - the rankings should be easier to figure out and to know "why" someone is ranked where they are. Anyway...here we go. How tennis rankings work:

So, to determine a tennis players ranking, their best 18 tournament results are counted (19 if the player made the previous year's masters cup). 12 of these 18 events are mandatory (4 slams, 8 Masters Series) - they are counted first. This leaves a further 6 tournaments to be counted and they are counted in this order: first, the one optional Masters Series tournament (Monte Carlo), then any ATP 500 level and Davis Cup matches. If there are any countable tournament results left after this, then Olympics (if applicable) and the best ATP 250 results make up the points, until 18 tournaments have been counted (19 for Masters Cup players).


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According to the ATP Official Rulebook, all the ATP 1000 matches have a tie-break in the final set, even the finals:

ATP World Tour tournaments and the ATP Challenger Tour tournaments are governed by the ATP. Unless otherwise specified, all regulations are applicable to both ATP World Tour and ATP Challenger Tour tournaments.
ATP World Tour tournaments
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (singles & doubles)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
ATP World Tour 500
ATP World Tour 250
B.Matches – Number of Sets.
1) Singles. All matches, including finals, shall be the best of three (3) tie-break sets

As for why, I assume they use tie-breaks in all of these non-slam tournaments for the same reason they don't play 5 sets: so that the whole tournament is less taxing on the players (this can happen without tie-breaks). They used to play 5 sets in the finals for the masters tournaments and...

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ace: Serve where the tennis ball lands inside the service box and is not touched by the receiver; thus, a shot that is both a serve and a winner is an ace. Aces are usually powerful and generally land on or near one of the corners at the back of the service box. Initially the term was used to indicate the scoring of a point. action: Synonym of spin ad: Used by the chair umpire to announce the score when a player has the advantage, meaning they won the point immediately after a deuce. See scoring in tennis ad court: Left side of the court of each player, so called because the ad (advantage) point immediately following a deuce is always served to this side of the court. advantage: When one player wins the first point from a deuce and needs one more point to win the game; not applicable when using deciding points. advantage set: Set won by a player or team having won at least six...
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Ace – a serve where the tennis ball served is served in and not touched by the receiver, aces are usually powerful and generally land on or near the one of the corners at the back of the service box. Action – another word for spin. Ad court – the left side of the court of each player. Advantage – when one player wins a point from a deuce and needs one more point to win the game. All-court – A style of play which is defined as a composite of all of the...
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Most tennis fans are seen scratching their heads when they learn that their favorite player has dropped down the rankings, even though they did not lose any tournaments in the past few weeks. For those who do not try to understand how the ATP ranks tennis players, it can be downright confusing to see players move up and down the rankings, irrespective of the tournaments they play, or for that matter, don't play.

Well, if you thought that professional tennis players were ranked randomly, think again. There is a confusing system in place that decides which ranking a player gets, and in the following paragraphs, we try to explain that in a very simple manner.

How are Tennis Players Ranked by the APT?

As mentioned, the ATP ranking system is a bit confusing to explain properly. Of course, a player gets points for the tournaments he plays in, and the points for those tournaments keep increasing as the player progresses in the tournament. For example, consider a...

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Q. What is the ATP Race?

A. The ATP Race is a calendar-year points race which reflects the performances of the world's best players in the current year. The Race determines the year-end world No.1 and which eight players qualify for Tennis Masters Cup.

Q. How does the ATP Race work?

A. Every Player, regardless of his performances in the previous year, starts with zero points. Players count 18 performances in their ATP Race total. Players eligible to enter the Grand Slams and ATP Masters Series events must count those events and their best five other results from the International Series events. The Tennis Masters Cup will count as an additional 19th tournament for the eight players who qualify.
Unlike the ATP Ranking, results from Challenger events do not count towards a player's ATP Race position.

For each Grand Slam or ATP Masters Series event a player is not accepted, he may count one extra International Series event towards his ATP Race...

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Take two of the legendary Live ATP rankings thread is here, because it was time to compact all the rankings in one thread, that can be stickied and viewable to all.

Links to all threads:
Unofficial Live ATP Rankings
Unofficial Age Group Live ATP Rankings
Unofficial Live ATP Race Rankings
Unofficial Age Group Live ATP Race Rankings

Here is the legend for the color code and display mode of the table.

- The table displays current ranking standings by calculating the number of points dropped at the end of the period mentioned on the head table (the next official ATP rankings date).
- The Drop column details the number of points for all the tournaments that will be taken out of the player's rankings. Multiple tournaments may be dropped for each player, but the tournament with the most points dropped will determine the color of the drop points. For instance, 180 Wimbledon dropped along with 45 ATP 250 in the week after Wimbledon will...

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The ATP rankings calculation explained

In anticipation of the season-end championship in men’s tour we decided to write this article about the ATP rankings calculation methods. You’ll see that it’s so awkward and complicated that you’ll need all your mathematical abilities to perceive it. We’ll start from the basics. There are two ranking systems applied in the ATP tour: the Emirates ATP Rankings (commonly known as “the Rankings”) and the Emirates ATP Rankings Race to London (“the Race”). What’s the difference between the two? And why do we need two ranking systems?

Calculation of the ATP Rankings

First let’s deal with the Rankings (the Emirates ATP Rankings). It determines the player’s current position and is recalculated every week during 52 consecutive weeks of the regular tennis season. On the basis of the Rankings the players are seeded to the tournaments and participate in this or that event with prior qualifying or without it. For example,...

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The 2014 ATP Official Rulebook, 9.03 (Emirates ATP Rankings), Section E lists three different tie breakers in the event that players have the same total number of points.

E. Ties. When two or more players have the same total number of points, ties shall be broken as follows:

1) the most total points from the Grand Slams, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 mandatory tournaments and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals main draws, and if still tied, then,

2) the fewest events played, counting all missed Grand Slams, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals they could have played (as described under A. above) as if played, and if still tied, then,

3) the highest number of points from one single tournament, then, if needed, the second highest, and so on.

For example, let's look at the players currently ranked #78 and #79. Both Somdev Devvarman and Alejandro Falla have 662 total points. So the first tie breaker is the total...

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The year-end Emirates ATP Rankings is based on calculating, for each player, his total points from the four (4) Grand Slams, the eight (8) mandatory ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals of the ranking period, and his best six (6) results from all ATP World Tour 500, ATP World Tour 250, ATP Challenger Tour and Futures tournaments. For every Grand Slam or mandatory ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for which a player is not in the main draw, and was not (and, in the case of a Grand Slam, would not have been, had he and all other players entered) a main draw direct acceptance on the original acceptance list, and never became a main draw direct acceptance, the number of his results from all other eligible tournaments in the ranking period, that count for his ranking, is increased by one (1). In weeks where there are not four (4) Grand Slams and eight (8) ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in the ranking period, the number of a...

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"Tie break" redirects here. For other uses, see

Tie Break


In games and sports, a tiebreaker or tiebreak is used to determine a winner from among players or teams that are tied at the end of a contest, or a set of contests.

General operation[edit]

In matches[edit]

In some situations, the tiebreaker may consist of another round of play. For example, if contestants are tied at the end of a quiz game, they each might be asked one or more extra questions, and whoever correctly answers the most from that extra set is the winner. In many sports, teams that are tied at the end of a match compete in an additional period of play called "overtime" or "extra time". The extra round may also not follow the regular format, e.g. a tiebreak in tennis or a penalty shootout in association football.

In tournaments and playoffs[edit]

In some sports, tournaments, and playoffs, the tiebreaker is a statistic that is compared to separate...

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The ATP Rankings, as defined by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), are the "objective merit-based method used for determining qualification for entry and seeding in all tournaments for both (male) singles and doubles, except as modified for the ATP World Tour Finals (singles or doubles)."[1] The rankings period is "the immediate past 52 weeks, except for: Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, singles and doubles, which is dropped on the Monday following the last ATP World Tour event of the following year; Futures Series tournaments that are only entered into the system on the second Monday following the tournament's week. Once entered, all tournaments, except the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, remain in the system for 52 consecutive weeks."[1]


The ATP began as the men's trade union in 1972 and rose to prominence when 81 of its members boycotted the 1973 Wimbledon Championships.[2] Just two months later, in August, the ATP introduced its...

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The tennis scoring system is the standard system by which tennis matches and tournaments are generally operated and scored.

A tennis tournament is organized into matches between players (for singles tournaments) or teams of two players (for doubles tournaments). The matches of a tournament are grouped into rounds. In round 1, all players (or teams) are paired and play against each other in matches. The losers are said to leave, or be out. They no longer compete in the tournament (this is single elimination). The winners are again paired to play in the matches of the next round. The tournament continues until the quarterfinal round (having eight players or teams playing in pairs), then the semifinal round (having four players or teams playing in pairs), and finally the final round (having only two players or teams) are played. The winner of the final round is declared the winner of the entire tournament.

A tennis match is composed of points, games, and sets. A match is...

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If two or more teams end up with same points in points table, then team having more Goal Difference i.e., Goals Scored minus Goals Against, wins the title.

if Goal Differences are also same for those teams, then team having more Goals Scored would win the title.

And if Goals Scored are also same for those teams, then all those teams on top having same points, same goal differences and goals scored would compete in a playoff match at a neutral ground.

Reference: English Premier League Wikipedia


1. 2011-12 EPL, Manchester City and Manchester United: Manchester City won the title by having +8 goal difference.

2. 1988-89 EPL, Arsenal and Liverpool: Arsenal won the league championship on goals-scored, after finishing level on points and goal-difference with...

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Depending on what league governs your tennis match, you might play one of several common tie-breaks. Some leagues expedite play by playing tie-breaks at different times during a set or match, while others use abbreviated tie-breaks. Learning which tiebreaker you must play and when you should play it will help you avoid a technicality that can cost you a match.

Standard Tie-Break

The official tie-break sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation and used by most national, professional and collegiate governing bodies is the 12-point tie-break, often referred to as a 7-point tie-break because the winner must win seven points. The tie-break is played when a set reaches six games all, with the next person in the serving rotation starting the tie-break. That player serves one point from the deuce court, then subsequent players serve two points, starting each rotation of two points from the ad court. When a team wins at least seven points and has a two-point lead,...

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In tennis, there are games, sets and matches. To win a game, a you must score four points and have a two point lead. To win a set, you must win seven games and have a two game lead. To win the match, you must win the best of three sets or the best of five sets depending on where you’re playing.[1] In tennis, there are no ties. When both sides are tied at six games a piece, a tiebreaker game will take place to decide the winner of a set. Tiebreakers have their own unique rules that are different from those of normal games in tennis. If you want to compete in tennis, you should know what to expect when you have to play a...

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Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society and at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racket, including wheelchair users. The modern game of tennis originated in Birmingham, England, in the late 19th century as "lawn tennis".[1] It had close connections both to various field ("lawn") games such as croquet and bowls as well as to the older racket sport of real tennis. During most of the 19th century, in fact, the term "tennis"...

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