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Set Theory

A puzzle by Polish mathematician Paul Vaderlind:

Andre Agassi and Boris Becker are playing tennis. Agassi wins the first set 6-3. If there were 5 service breaks in the set, did Becker serve the first game?

(Service changes with each new game in the 9-game set. A service break is a game won by the non-server.)

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