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Scoring a Tennis Match

Most matches consist of an odd-number of multiple sets, the match winner being the player that wins more than half of the sets. The match ends as soon as this winning condition is met. Men's singles matches may consist of five sets (the winner being the first to three sets), while most matches are three sets (the winner being the first to two sets).

The sequence of service and end alternation between games continues throughout the match without regard to sets. A tie-breaker game is treated as a single game for the purposes of this alternation, despite its similar internal alternation.

The score of a complete match may be given simply by sets won, or with the scores of each set given separately. In either case, the match winner's score is stated first. In the former, shorter form, a match might be listed as 3-1 (three sets to one). In the latter form, this same match might be further described as "7-5 6-7 6-4 7-6". This match was won three sets to one, with the match loser winning the second set on a tie-breaker.

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