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1. An additional contest or period of play designed to establish a winner among tied contestants. Also called tiebreak.
2. Something or someone that breaks a tie: His home run was the tiebreaker that won the game. My mother and I wanted to spend the weekend at the beach, and both of my brothers wanted to go on a hike, so we asked my father to be the tiebreaker.

tie′break′ing adj.


(ˈtaɪˌbreɪ kər)

a short period of additional play for deciding a tie score, as in tennis and soccer.
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Noun1.tiebreaker - overtime play in order to break a tie; e.g. tennis and soccer
extra time, overtime - playing time beyond regulation, to break a tie
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Watson twice broke Davis in each set but twice she allowed her rival back into the match before being comprehensively beaten in tiebreaks.
The Swiss top seed, eyeing his eighth title in the grasscourt Wimbledon warmup event, held serve throughout but was taken to two tiebreaks having failed to secure a single break point against the Croatian's powerful serve.
Stating that he is not good at playing matches in tiebreaks, Berdych also said that he needs to improve on that point, adding that other than that problem, he was able to play aggressive tennis without making many errors.
One or two points can be the difference and I played two good tiebreaks and played well at the important moments.
It's just different, playing doubles it's a different sort of pressure we played really well when it mattered at the end of the super tiebreaks, there's nerves there," Murray said.
The big-serving Brit's victories over Stefan Edberg and Guy Forget were decided on Champions tiebreaks and a similar scenario could unfold against Cash.
The two tiebreaks failed to tell the full story of a swinging pendulum of a contest which saw 19-year-old Jackson break first in the seventh game, only to lose her rhythm and immediately drop serve after a second lengthy delay as Zvonareva received treatment for nosebleeds.
Federer said: "I congratulate David for coming back from the two tiebreaks, which was tough.
Rusedski, however, had to hold his nerve to beat South Africa's Wesley Moodie after a trio of tiebreaks in their second-round clash.
She needed three sets, and two tiebreaks, to get past fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva.
Hewitt, who lost just one set all week, simply played the crucial points better than Henman, who made too many unforced errors in both tiebreaks and failed to serve out to take the second set when leading 5-4.
Pistol Pete came powering back to snatch a 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 victory in one hour 55 minutes of a semi-final which went to two tiebreaks, then confessed: