Boris Becker’s most memorable Wimbledon moments – Edberg epic


Boris Becker has been recounting his ten most memorable Wimbledon moments with GiveMeSport in the lead up to the start of the 2013 All England Championships.

Becker and Edberg had an almighty rivalry in SW19, meeting in three consecutive finals and last of these would take place in 1990.

Two previous finals had gone by with each player taking one title each and 1990 came around with the German ahead in the rankings and the favourite to take the title.

Centre Court has seen some terrific finals through the years, but few ebbed and flowed quite so dramatically as this one.

Becker was the defending champion and went into the final as favourite but had come through a draining semi-final against the monster serve of Goran Ivanišević, which might have contributed to the waty events panned out.

Tiredness or no, there was nothing he could do against Edberg’s flawless performance in the first two sets; the Swede dominated to take both by a 6-2 margin.

‘Boom-Boom’ was never beaten until he was beaten, however, and he rallied to come roaring back in the following two sets – 6-3 6-3 meant a decider was needed.

Becker looked to be in the ascendancy when he broke to make it 3-1 in the fifth, but a simple forehand volley went awry to secure the break and Edberg was back in it and eventually prevailed 6-4 to secure his second Wimbledon title.

In the aftermath, Becker was his usual philosophical self and accepted that Edberg’s determination and quality were there to make the difference when fatigued begun to show.

''I thought it was the kind of final you don't see too often,'' he reflected.

''I had played six tough matches, especially the semifinal against Ivanisevic, that really took its toll,''

''I was a little bit exhausted, and he is a player who all the time tries. He never really lets himself down.''

Despite the disappointment for Becker, it was another example of why the Wimbledon crowd took him to heart.

Centre Court always knew they were in for a treat when the King Boris was playing and in 1990 he was an integral part of a hugely entertaining match.

See Boris Becker’s previous memorable Wimbledon moment here.

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