I have to add one that occured in my lifetime.
Being the tennis fan, the event I would most have like to have seen in person - but missed but missed because I was in Basic Training - was the Sampras-Corretja semi-final match in the 1996 U.S. Open.
NEW YORK -- Exhausted to the point of sickness, barely able to move, forced to lean on his racket like a crutch between rallies, Pete Sampras survived an epic ordeal yesterday against indefatigable Alex Corretja.
Sampras vomited on court in the middle of the fifth-set tiebreaker and looked as if he would pass out. Yet somehow he summoned the strength to keep going and set up a second match-point with his 25th ace. Then he watched in utter relief as the Spaniard double-faulted to end one of the most dramatic matches in U.S. Open history, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7).
Corretja collapsed to his knees and Sampras slumped onto the net before they embraced each other tenderly amid a long standing ovation after the 4-hour, 9-minute struggle -- the longest match of the tournament.