Best-of-five or best-of-three? Some argue players, fans better served with shorter matches

Sandra Harwitt, Special for USA TODAY Sports
Published 7:00 a.m. ET Sept. 7, 2018

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NEW YORK – Best-of-five sets or best-of-three sets? That is the question. 

At least it’s the question stirring great debate regarding men’s tennis at the Grand Slams, most notably in social media circles where insiders as well as fans are weighing in with their opinion.  

Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori – who will play in Friday’s US Open semifinals – all have won matches that extended past best-of-three to reach this point. Nadal and Nishikori each had to survive a five-set match, with Nadal beating Dominic Thiem in a nearly five-hour marathon that many are calling not just the best match of the tournament so far, but among the greatest of all-time.

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