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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 25-34, 56-52, 10-27, 34-27, 54-50 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    15 % Connors – 27 of 172
    21 % Krickstein – 43 of 197

    One of the most memorable matches in the tournament history & one of the longest at the time. The 5-time US Open champion Connors [147], celebrating his 39th birthday on that day, faced an opponent he never lost against in their five previous meetings. Nevertheless, his titanic victory was like a miracle given the circumstances, because the 15 years younger Krickstein [47] had an incredible 5-set record at the time (19-5) & seemed to be in a great shape eliminating Agassi in round one. Who knows, maybe it would have been his straight sets win if he had converted a set point in the 2nd set. Connors already led *5:1 (40/15) in that set, so it’s tough to imagine he could have regrouped losing such a dramatic set against the five-set specialist. Krickstein had two set points in the tie-break on return: at 6:5 (Connors’ service winner) & 8:7 (Connors won three points in a row with volley winners then!). In the crazy deciding set, in which almost the entire Stadium Court rooted for the veteran, Krickstein led 5:2* after the longest game of the match (8 deuces, he saved 3 break points), but that game cost him blisters in the right hand. Connors, who was attacking the net almost on every occasion in the decider & extending breaks between the points to maximum, made ‘impossible’ – took the next three games being two points away from defeat in games nine & ten; he was two points away in the 12th game too! In the decisive tie-break, Krickstein improved from 2:5 to 4:5, and Connors obtained his first match point with a service winner to finish the marathon with a serve-and-volley action.

    Points won at the net:
    Connors – 86/134 (64 %)
    Krickstein – 10/20 (50 %)

    Three longest matches of the US Open 1991:
    4 hours 41 minutes: J.Connors d. A.Krickstein 3-6, 7-6(8), 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)
    4 hours 35 minutes: M.Chang d. J.McEnroe 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
    4 hours 19 minutes: J.Connors d. P.McEnroe 4-6, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
    • MultiStar83 says:
      I have this match on dvd and it was memorable indeed. But in my opinion the hype about it is also a bit exaggerated, because the standard of play was not sooo great. Connors had so many “unforced errors” (over 100 I believe) and Krickstein most of the time played very defensive tennis, waiting for Connors’ errors and making passing shots, etc., which was his game basically. You also have to say that Connors was a bit lucky to survive there. Some factors that worked his way: first of all the crowd was incredible and the energy of the people certainly helped Jimmy a lot. He always loved to play with the crowd in his back, like the “twelfth man on a football field”. As you have said, he also extended the breaks between points to maximum and he had some violent outbursts and obscenities against the chair umpire (“You are an abortion, bum”, etc.), for which he was not fined at all! Last but not least the weather was sunny, but relatively cool (22-23 degrees of Celsius in the shade), after a very hot and humid first week with temperatures between 30-35 degrees… But you have to give him a lot of credit nonetheless!

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