Today in Sports History: September 2

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By Jonah Sharf

On September 2, 1991, tennis legend Jimmy Connors was involved in one of the longest matches of his career in the US Open. Lasting four hours and 41 minutes on his 39th birthday, he beat the 24-year-old Aaron Krickstein 3–6, 7–6, 1–6, 6–3, 7–6. He would go on to lose in the semifinals, but the run to the semifinals of a Grand Slam after surgery on his left wrist the year before was one of the most memorable moments of his career—especially highlighted by the marathon match at 39 years old. September 2 was a big day for Connors in his career, as 20 years earlier he won his first US Open match of his career. He went on to win eight grand slam titles in his career, and is considered one of the best of all time.

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