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Monday, 10 July, 2000, 08:12 GMT 09:12 UK
Sue Barker's Golden Moments - No.11
Jimmy Connors
Connors defied his years to beat Pernfors
With many Wimbledon memories from not only her days as a presenter but also as a player, Sue Barker talks to the BBC Sport Online team.

Here she recalls the day she missed out on one of the tournament's most memorable comebacks, involving former champion Jimmy Connors and Sweden's Michael Pernfors.


I was a huge Connors fan. I sat in the players' box for the first two sets then went out for dinner - what a mistake that proved to be!

Connors looked to be on his way out after winning just two games in the opening two sets.

Pernfors certainly appeared unstoppable, threatening to inflict an embarrassingly one-sided defeat on his illustrious oppponent.

But two-time champion Connors was not about to throw in the towel.

At 35 and perhaps entering the twilight of his career, he rolled back the years to leave not only the Swede but the whole of Wimbledon stunned.

He edged the third set 7-5, took the fourth 6-4 before clinching victory and a place in the quarter-finals by claiming the decider 6-2.

It was a momentous match which left everyone who saw it drained of emotion.

I just wish I stayed where I was - then I would have seen it, too!

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