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Boris Becker’s most memorable Wimbledon moments – Final final

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Boris Becker is one of the biggest names at Wimbledon and he has been telling GiveMeSport about the ten most memorable moments from his time at the All England Club.

Yesterday Boris chose his final farewell at SW19 and today he has picked out the 1995 final with another Wimbledon legend, Pete Sampras.

The American was reigning champion that year and was looking for his third consecutive title.

Meanwhile, Becker was looking to go one better than his semi-final appearance in 1994 and win his fourth Wimbledon title.

He did eventually meet Sampras in the final, but his route there was far from easy and an epic five set encounter with Frenchman Cedric Pioline in the quarter-final took a lot out of him.

The final stages of Grans Slams provide no place to hide and the Pioline victory was followed by an attritional four-set victory over number one seed Andre Agassi in the semi-final.

Tiredness was always going to be a factor for Becker when he made it to the last Sunday and there were was no player at that time you would want to see less on the other side of the net than Sampras.

However, it didn’t look like being a problem early on when the German took a close first set on a tie-break.

‘Boom-Boom’ Boris of old was the man on grass but this was the early days of the Sampras era and the great man was never more at home than when on the green stuff.

Huge serving and penetrating volleys, added to Becker’s legs finally succumbing to fatigue, meant Sampras was not broken once throughout the match and eventually cruised to victory.

Becker was his usual frank self when speaking after defeat, acknowledging the superiority of his opponent with grace before running off on an impromptu lap of honour around Centre Court.

“Unfortunately, he owns the Centre Court now; I used to own it a few years back, but it belongs to him now,” he said.

“If there's a role model in tennis, it's Pete Sampras. He is behaving perfectly on the court. He is a real nice fellow off the court, and he is playing great tennis.

“He doesn't really have a bad shot in his game. I think he's definitely extremely good for the game of tennis."

Becker chose this moment because it was the final time he would make it to a Wimbledon final – his seventh in all.

It was fitting that such an important name in the history of Wimbledon signed off in a terrific match against another one of the greatest players to have graced the historic tournament.

Click here to see Boris Becker’s first memorable moment entry and watch the match point from that final below…

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