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Greatest Wimbledon comebacks featuring Andy Murray, Serena Williams & more

The Wimbledon Championships have been held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London since 1877 and they have served up some truly classic matches.

To follow are 10 of the most memorable contests which featured stunning fightbacks from the winning player.


Ann Jones v Billie Jean King, 1969 ladies final

Jones won 3-6 6-3 6-2 

Briton Ann Jones became the first left-handed ladies singles champion with a gutsy effort against the defending champion.

At 30-years-old Jones was approaching the end of her career but she saw off Australian legend Margaret Court in the semi-finals and was able to wear down Billie Jean King, who would go on to win six Wimbledon singles titles.

Jimmy Connors v Mikael Pernfors, 1987 men’s fourth round

Connors won 1-6 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-2

Connors - a Wimbledon champion in 1974 and 1982 - was past his very best by the late eighties but he rolled back the years to see off Swedish opponent Mikael Perfors in a dramatic baseline battle.

The 34-year-old American trailed 6-1 6-1 4-1 at one stage but he won 18 of the next 25 games to seal one of the most amazing comeback victories in the tournament’s history.

Stefan Edberg v Miroslav Mecir, 1988 men’s semi-final

Edberg won 4-6 2-6 6-4 6-3 6-4

Stefan Edberg came from behind to seal a four-set success over Boris Becker in the 1988 Wimbledon fina,l but he was given a much bigger scare by Czech player Miroslav Mecir in the semis.

Mecir was two sets up and 3-3 in the third when he squandered three break points, allowing Edberg a route back into the match. The 22-year-old Swede also came from 3-1 down in the fifth set.

Venus Williams v Lindsay Davenport, 2005 ladies final

Williams won 4–6 7–6 9–7

Venus Williams was a five times Wimbledon singles champion and had to display all of her quality and character to overcome compatriot Lindsay Davenport in the 2005 final to claim the third of those successes.

Davenport took the first set and led 4-2 in the third but she ultimately succumbed to a determined Williams, who triumphed 9-7 in the final set.

Richard Gasquet v Andy Roddick, 2007 men’s quarter-final

Gasquet won 4-6 4-6 7-6 7-6 8-6

Classy French player Richard Gasquet had a tendency to suffer cramps in marathon matches but he came from two sets down to claim a rare five-set success over big-serving American Andy Roddick in their quarter-final.

Gasquet remains on tour but has never reached a Wimbledon final. Roddick finished as a Wimbledon runner-up on three occasions, though he never lifted the trophy.

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Andy Murray v Richard Gasquet, 2008 men’s fourth round

Murray won 5-7 3-6 7-6 6-2 6-4

Gasquet lost a lot of five-setters and he coughed up a two-set lead against Andy Murray in their 2008 fourth-round clash.

The Frenchman served for the match in the third set but Murray broke in the nick of time and went on to register one of his most memorable victories.

Serena Williams v Elena Dementieva, 2009 ladies semi-final

Williams won 6-7 7-5 8-6

Serena Williams had a lot of comfortable victories on the Wimbledon lawns but she was pushed all the way by Elena Dementieva in their 2009 semi-final.

Dementieva had match point in the third set but was unable to outlast Williams, who would go on to win seven Wimbledon singles titles.

Roger Federer v Alejandro Falla, 2010 men’s first round

Federer won 5-7 4-6 6-4 7-6 6-0 

Roger Federer approached the 2010 tournament as the defending champion having won the title in six of the previous seven years.

But he started slowly in his first-round match against Colombian Alejandro Falla and had to come from two sets behind to avoid what would have been a massive shock.

Andy Murray v Fernando Verdasco, 2013 men’s quarter-final

Murray won 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5

Andy Murray’s maiden Wimbledon triumph tends to be remembered for his superb 6-4 7-5 6-4 success over Nokak Djokovic in the final.

But he had trailed two sets to nil in his quarter-final clash with Spanish left hander Fernando Verdasco, before finding the necessary improvement to recover and win a tense final set.

Novak Djokovic v Jannik Sinner, 2022 men’s quarter-final

Djokovic won 5-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 

Djokovic is one of the most durable and mentally tough players of all time and those qualities came to the fore in his 2022 quarter-final clash with rising star Jannik Sinner.

An upset seemed to be on the cards after big-serving Sinner raced into a two-set lead. But Djokovic turned the screw thereafter and would go on to see off Nick Kyrgios in the final and lift the trophy for a seventh time.

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