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Boris Becker’s most memorable Wimbledon moments – Edberg rivalry begins

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We are down to number four in Boris Becker’s ten most memorable moments at Wimbledon and this one saw the beginning of a great rivalry.

Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker would eventually contest three separate men’s singles finals at the All England Club, with the first of these taking place in 1988.

Rain is a topic never far from the lips when it comes to Wimbledon and this year it was especially disruptive.

So disruptive, in fact, that 1988 was the first men’s singles final to be played over two days because of rain interruptions – thankfully the new Centre Court roof will mean that is never an issue again.

Becker arrived in SW19 with a point to prove that year after suffering a shock second round defeat in 1987 to Australian underdog Peter Doohan.

The German was obviously taken by a zeal to set the record straight, as he didn’t drop a set until the semi-final with world number one Ivan Lendl.

Lendl was beaten in four, also over two days, after Becker had brushed aside defending champion Pat Cash in the round previous in straight sets.

Many felt Becker was ready to reclaim the crown he won in 1985 and 1986, but Edberg was hitting new heights this year.

The Swede volleyed to perfection throughout and his opponent just could not find an answer to it.

Becker took the first set but Edberg slowly got into his rhythm and, after dominating to take the second set on a tie-break, never looked like giving an inch.

After the presentation, Becker admitted he felt drained by having to play two such big matches on the way to the final and thought that may have had something to do with his performance.

'I'm a human being, and when you beat the defending champion and the No. 1 player, you say: 'What am I doing out here? I've done everything I had to do to win the tournament,” he said.

It will have been hard to take for Becker, as his record in Wimbledon finals was immaculate before this meeting, but he was in his prime and nobody expected this to be the last time he was seen on Centre Court on the final Sunday.

Click here to see Boris Becker's previous memorable Wimbledon moment.

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