Jimbo turned back the clock at the '91 Open
September 2, 1991 - In his prime, Jimmy Connors bullied and attacked his way to monstrous success, but now in 1991, the lion was long in the tooth. In fact, Connors was celebrating his 39th birthday when he confronted 24-year-old Aaron Krickstein in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.
Jimbo was the fan favorite, having already come back from a two sets to none deficit in the first round against Patrick McEnroe and then winning his next two matches. After losing the first set to Krickstein 6-3, Connors, playing with a surgically rebuilt wrist, took the second with a dramatic 10-8 win in the tiebreaker. He was routed 6-1 in the third set and then tied the match by winning the fourth 6-3. However, Connors looked like he ran out of steam in the fifth set, falling behind 5-2.
As a packed house on the Stadium Court roared in approval, Connors battled back again. Playing with his customary fire, Connors constantly attacked and it paid off, as he forced a tiebreaker. With his adrenaline -- and fists -- pumping, Connors won it 7-4. The match took four hours and 41 minutes.
Despite 106 unforced errors and a left knee that stiffened (he had twisted it during the second-set tiebreaker), Connors advanced to his 16th U.S. Open quarterfinal in 21 visits, proving the lion could still roar.
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