In a hard-fought contest in which he never held a break point, world number seven Roddick clawed his way into two tiebreakers
where he used his vast experience to pull off the win.
The good news is that you probably have one or more tiebreakers
right now, you just haven't developed them as such.
Oregon could still gain a tie with USC - along with the winner of the Arizona-Stanford game - for third, but the Trojans have the advantage in all tiebreakers
El Mihdway, who survived consecutive third-set tiebreakers
to reach the semifinals, suffered a 6-1, 6-1 setback to Thacher in their previous meeting.
But there's a knack to writing winning tiebreakers
, and it's all down to word play.
Roddick and the fifth seeded Berdych traded service bombs and big forehands but the Czech missed two key forehands in tiebreakers
-- one at set point to lose the first 7-5, the second at 5-5 in the second set tiebreaker
The Dolphins won three tiebreakers
in the first rotation and five in all, opening a huge lead en route to a 19 1/2-10 triumph.
Sylmar's Spencer Cohen rebounded from a 6-3 loss to Gerber to defeat Jacobs and Drew Arnold in tiebreakers
en route to three victories.
I told the guys that I try to kill you in the preseason so the experience will pay off in the long run," said Kellogg, whose team won 10 of the first 14 sets two in tiebreakers
before Hart (8-2 overall, 4-1 Foothill) staged a late rally.
Team USA's 8-6 upset loss to Canada on Wednesday at Chase Field forces the Americans to worry about tiebreakers
as the time nears to eliminate two of the four teams in round-robin Pool B.
As far as USC's actual seeding in the tournament, that might not be completely known until Sunday afternoon, because Arizona plays Arizona State and that contest could influence the tiebreakers
for several teams.
The prophet: Last week, Canyon lost three tiebreakers
to Valencia but said the experience would benefit it later in the season.