Kane Cornes' Top 5 sporting comebacks

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What are your favourite sporting comebacks?

On the back of Roger Federer saving seven match points in the Australian Open quarter final against Tennys Sandgren on Tuesday, Kane Cornes has highlighted his five favourite comebacks in sport.

See Kane's Top 5 sporting comebacks below.

5. Reggie Miller – Knicks v Pacers 1995
Eastern Conference semi-finals, Game 1

The Knicks led 105-99 with 18.7 seconds left in Game 1 of the 1995 NBA playoffs before Reggie Miller went off on one of the most clutch performances in playoff history.

Miller scored 8 points in 9 seconds. Miller, with the help of a steal, tied the game in just 5.5 seconds by hitting two quick three-pointers. Then, after the Knicks missed a pair of free throws, New York fouled Miller while he was grabbing a rebound. That's when he completed his incredible run by knocking down two free throws.

Eight points. Nine seconds. Indiana pulled out an unbelievable 107-105 victory and went on to win the series in seven games.

2. Kieren Perkins – 1996 Summer Olympics
1500m Swimming Final

Things had been going against Kieren Perkins in the lead-up to the Gold Medal event in the 1500m freestyle at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Perkins had failed to qualify for the 400m and only just made it through to the final by less than a second.

Many felt the final would be between Aussie Daniel Kowalski and Englishman Graeme Smith but Perkins defied the odds.

He started swiftly, leading from the beginning, before going on to win easily and creating an Olympic legend in the process.

"This is rare gold, the best kind of gold."

3. Collingwood vs Carlton
1970 VFL Grand Final

Carlton went into the half-time break of the 1970 VFL Grand Final 44 points behind arch rival Collingwood.

The Blues appeared done and dusted.

But they came out after the break and implemented coach Ron Barassi's handball and play-on-at-all-costs game plan, which allowed them to restrict the Magpies' long-kicking style.

13 goals to four in the second half set up a famous 10-point triumph in what is widely considered as the greatest Grand final comeback in history.

4. Australia v England – 2006/07 Ashes
2nd Test at Adelaide Oval

Batting first, England were dominant with the bat, declaring at 6-551 with Paul Collingwood making a brilliant 206 and Kevin Pietersen contributing 158.

At stumps on Day 2, Australia found themselves trailing by 523 runs at 1-28.

Their position prompted an inspirational speech from skipper Ricky Ponting: "There’s not one person in the world that thinks we can win this Test from here, so let’s see about that."

Ponting and Michael Clarke both made centuries as the Aussies fought back with a first innings total of 513.

However, there was just one day of play left when England went back in.

Shane Warne took four wickets as the Aussies removed the Poms for 129, before the batsmen crashed and bashed their way to 4-168 in the 33rd over to somehow pull off an inspiring six-wicket victory with Michael Hussey the hero (61 not out).

The most unlikely of wins.

1. Adelaide v Port Adelaide – Showdown 35
Last Showdown at Football Park, 2013

It was a fitting send-off for Football Park. Showdown 35 was the last one to be played at the venue and may have been the greatest of them all.

Port Adelaide came into the Round 19 clash in season 2013 in eighth position and were assured a place in the eight with a victory over the Crows who were chasing a finals spot of their own.

A crowd of of more than 43,000, predominantly Crows fans, crammed into Football Park to witness a game full of momentum swings.

The Crows led by 20 points at the 21-minute mark of the fourth quarter but that did not stop Robbie Gray and Chad Wingard from kicking back-to-back goals for the chasing Power.

An errant Lewis Johnston shot at goal – which had Patrick Dangerfield irate inside 50 – prompted a boundary throw-in in Adelaide's forward pocket with 1:55 left on the clock.

The Power swiftly went down the other end, resulting in a goal to Angus Monfries courtesy of a lucky bounce, prior to 19-year-old Wingard's fifth and match-winning goal.

It was one for the ages.

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