In 2012, Kim Cli­jsters was in pain


after twist­ing her an­kle in the sev­enth game of her Aus­tralian Open fourth­round duel with Li Na. Down 6­2 in the tiebreaker, Cli­jsters coura­geously fought off four match points for a dra­matic 4­6, 7­6 (6), 6­4 fourth­round match in her last Aus­tralian Open, where Cli­jsters said she didn’t want to bow out with a re­tire­ment. “I knew if I could just try to let the med­i­ca­tion sink in or if I could get through the first 20 min­utes, half hour, I think the pain would go away a lit­tle bit and then maybe with the adren­a­line I could just fly through it,” said Cli­jsters after­wards.

fought off four set points in a fluc­tu­at­ing, 11­9 third­set tiebreaker to edge archri­val Bjorn Borg 6­4, 3­6, 7­6 (9), 6­4 in the su­perla­tive 1976 US Open fi­nal. The tiebreaker was so en­gross­ing that when the play­ers for­got to change sides at 9­9, a ball boy had to re­mind the um­pire.

Jimmy Con­nors, a pug­na­cious lefty,

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