LONDON, JUNE 15 -- Boris Becker, despite having trouble with his serve, today defeated Jimmy Connors, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-4, to win the $300,000 Queens Club tennis tournament.

After winning his final tournament match before Wimbledon, Becker pronounced himself in good shape to launch his bid for a third consecutive All-England title.

"If I'm not confident now, I never will be," Becker said after rallying to take the $40,000 first prize in the grass court championship. "I've been playing on clay courts {at the French Open} and I've not been serve-and-volleying. I came to Queens without practicing a lot on grass and still beat most guys easily until the semifinal and final. I have not been playing 100 percent, but I still won the title."

Becker, 19, needed 2 hours 18 minutes to outlast Connors, 34, who had several chances to win his first tournament in more than 2 1/2 years.

Connors, a three-time champion at Queens Club, played very well for half of the match. Returning serves superbly and outhustling his opponent with low, angled passing shots, Connors took the opening set on a tie breaker and had two break points for a 3-0 lead in the second set, with his serve to come.

But he made two forehand errors and Becker, quick to seize the chance, won the game, broke Connors twice and tied the match.

In the third set, Connors continued to fight hard, jokingly shouting, "Don't do that again," when Becker engaged him in a thrilling rally that Connors won. He put more pressure on Becker's unusually suspect second serve.

"I used to win matches only on my serve," Becker said. "But now at least I have shown that I can also win when my serve's not going so well."

As Connors appeared to tire, Becker won a fifth successive service break at love and served out the match.

Becker hit 13 aces, but also double faulted 10 times and dropped his serve five times. He said he would have to work on those aspects of his game before Wimbledon begins.

"I think I'm playing much better overall than last year in my strokes, in my volleys, passing shots and movement," Becker said. "But I must improve my serve. For 1 1/2 sets today, I could not get my timing. Jimmy was running around better than I was, even though he could almost be my father. But I knew he had not won a singles title for 2 1/2 years and that kept me going."

Connors has lost four straight to Becker.

Connors first won the Queens Club tournament in 1972, his first overseas success. The left-handed American twice was within a point for a 3-0 lead in the second set, but let both chances slip.

"I'm not satisfied. I should have won the match, there's no getting around that. But I lost concentration and that bothers me," Connors said.

"I had the opportunities to win it in two and I did not seize them. I was a set and a break up and that should be good enough for anybody, young or old."

It was the ninth time he finished runner-up since his last tournament victory at Tokyo in October 1984.