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## Tennis Scoring: Points, Sets & Games

This handy guide will teach you the basics of the tennis scoring rules, and playing the sport, with helpful tips and words to know before you take to the court.

## Scoring Points & Tennis Sets

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## THE BASICS

### OVERVIEW

Tennis is a game played on a rectangular-shaped court, which can be one of many surfaces. It is either played with two players (singles match), or four players (doubles match). Players stand on opposite sides of the net and use a stringed racquet to hit the ball back and forth to each other.

### GAMEPLAY

Each player or team has a maximum of one bounce after the ball has been hit by their opponent to return the ball over the net and within the boundaries of the court. In wheelchair tennis, players get a maximum of two bounces. When a player then fails to return the ball into the correct court, the opponent wins a point.

The aim of tennis is to win enough points to win a game, enough games to win a set, and enough sets to win a match.

## STARTING THE MATCH

Before warming up with your opponent, either player or team will spin their racquet and the winner of the spin will have some options to choose from. They can choose one of these 3 options:

To serve or receive

The side of the court

Or defer their choice to their opponent --but the opponent cannot defer back

Once the winner of the toss chooses one of the options above, the opponent has the remaining choice.

## SCORING A GAME

### POINT SYSTEM

Tennis has a different point system than most sports. Before we go into detail, here is your guide to scoring a game:

Server wins deuce point = Ad-In

Receiver wins deuce point = Ad-Out

### WHO WINS?

In order to win the game, a player must win at least four points. If you are up 40-30, 40-15 or 40-love, and win one more point, you win the game. If the score is tied in a game or set, you use the term “**all**” when announcing the score. For example, if you and your opponent have both won two points in the game, the score would be 30-all.

### WHAT IS A DEUCE?

The only time this is different is when both you and your opponent have won three points each and the score is 40-40. This is called **deuce**. When the score reaches deuce, one player or team will need to win at least two points in a row to win the game. When the server wins the deuce point, it is called Ad-In, but when they lose the deuce point, it is called Ad-Out. If the team with the advantage (Ad-In or Ad-Out) wins another point, they win the game, or it goes back to deuce.

### SWITCHING ENDS

Players or teams switch ends of the court on odd games. This means that after the first game is complete, they switch sides, as well as every two games after that.

### TYPES OF TENNIS SETS

Now let’s look at how many games you need to win a set. There are two main ways of scoring a set.

### ADVANTAGE SET

In an advantage set, a player or team needs to win six games, by two, to win the set. This means that there is no tiebreak game played at 6-6. The set continues until one player/team wins by two games.

### TIEBREAK SET

In a tiebreak set, a player or team needs to win six games wins a set. If the score gets to 5-5 (5-all), one player must win the next two games to win the set. If the score reaches 6-6 (6-all) in the set, a tiebreak game is played.

### SCORING A TIEBREAK GAME

In a tiebreak game, the next person who was due to serve will start the tiebreak game, and serve one point to the deuce side of the court. The following two points will then be served by the opponent starting on the ad side. In doubles, the player on the opposing team due to serve will serve these points.

Players or teams switch ends of the court every **six **points (e.g. when the score is 4-2), and to score this tiebreak game, you use, “zero” “one”, “two”, “three”, etc. The first player or team to win **seven points**, by two, wins the tiebreak. This means the score can end up being very high (e.g. 15-13) or as low as 7-0 through 7-5.

Whoever wins the tiebreak game, wins the set by a score of 7-6.

### SERVING AFTER A TIEBREAK SET

Since the set is an odd-numbered score (7-6), whichever end of the court the players or teams ended up on when the tiebreak game finished, they will need to switch sides to start the next set. Whoever started serving the tiebreak game will be receiving serve in the first game of the next set.

## (1) What is the minimum number of points required to win a tennis tie break?

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Answer (1 of 5): If A wins the set against B 7-6 in which all the games A won are in 40-30 or deuce(difference of two points) and B wins all his games being 40-0 up (difference of 4 points). So 6*2-6*4=-12. A has to beat B by atleast a difference of two points in the tiebreaker meaning -12+2=-...

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It is very hard to say what the difference in points would be as you can play a single game for 10 minutes, and one game could easily end in less than a minute. So the number of points played would vary.

The minimum difference can be fixed when it comes to games. If the set goes to 6–6, then a tie-breaker will be played. If a player doesn’t manage to win the tie-break and the score reaches six points each then you’ll need a minimum difference of 2 points to win the set. And that can be said as the minimum difference to win a set in tennis.

For example - let’s say the score of a set is 6–6, then

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Tarun Anirudh

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Originally Answered: Tennis: What would be the minimum point difference with which you can win set in tennis?

If A wins the set against B 7-6 in which all the games A won are in 40-30 or deuce(difference of two points) and B wins all his games being 40-0 up (difference of 4 points).

So 6*2-6*4=-12.

A has to beat B by atleast a difference of two points in the tiebreaker meaning

-12+2=-10.

So minimum point difference is -10

So if A has to beat B with minimum point difference in 5 sets he should win 3 sets in the Manner mentioned and lose all the points in the other 2 sets(6-0,6-0).

Meaning

24 points in a set into 2

-48+3(-10)=-78

This is however taking into consideration that the 5th set is a regular

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Assuming lawn tennis, if you win five of your service games and a break to 30 and lose the other four games in which you receive to love, you will win 24 points and your opponent will have won 28, but lost the set.

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The closest you’ll get will be Ivo Karlovic.

Here he is, standing next to 6’4” (1.93m) Gael Monfils.

Karlovic is listed as 6’11,” (2.11m) which makes him the joint tallest player in the history of the professional tour.

Due to his immense height, his serve is naturally a major weapon, as he simply finds it much easier to land the ball in the box. This means he can dial up the power without having to worry too much about a fault.

He has the record for most career aces, with over 13,000 since turning pro in 2000, and, for some time, held the record for fastest recorded serve in professional tennis,

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Perhaps the original poster was interested in minimum in absolute value terms. I say zero. It is clear that the difference in every game is 2,3 or 4 points in any direction. So with player A winning in 6 games, it could be zero (eg: 6–3 with all 6 games won by +2 (=+12) and 3 games lost blank (-4x3 = -12).

Alternatively, arrive at the tie-break with player B having scored two more points than player A. Then player A wins the tie-break by two points.

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In some cases, yes! Federer is the victim of his two last matches which he lost it.

Halle final. Coric beat him in three set thriller. Federer had more points won than him, but he lost the match. Also Federer played well in this match, but Coric knew how to attack his serve by breaking twice in the last set.

Wimbledon 2018 quarterfinal. Federer wasted a match point at 2–0 for him. He controlled very well the score, but after that moment he lost some precision in his hits. He lost the match, but he had more points won than Anderson. A great disaster for him, but that is the sport/ life.

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