The ten greatest male players in Wimbledon history

Sport, Tennis, All England Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, England, 3rd July 1971, Mens Singles Final, Defending Champion, Australia's John Newcombe, holds the trophy aloft after winning the tournament by beating USA's Stan Smith 6-3, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4,

4. Boris Becker (3 Wins, 4 Runner-Ups)

Boris Becker

Boom Boom romped around the Wimbledon courts like no one had ever done before. He was the first person to “own Wimbledon”, as they say. He reached 6 consecutive finals between 1985 and 1991, and made his last finals appearance in 1995.

Becker burst onto the tennis world unexpectedly, defeating Kevin Curren to become the youngest Grand Slam winner in history (at the time). He backed it up by defending his title the next year, becoming the proud owner of two Wimbledon titles at 18. Becker had three classic finals with nemesis Edberg, and their battles made the late 1980s highly memorable at Wimbledon.

Becker mixed an excellent serve along with thunderous groundstrokes and a deft touch at the net. He had brilliant court sense, and knew exactly when to come in and when to hit the winner. He intimidated opponents like no one before and no one since, and walked around the locker rooms at Wimbledon as though he was their sole possessor.

Boris Becker changed Wimbledon history – he was the first man to dominate it ruthlessly, to control it with an iron fist. Borg had done that too, but this Slam really defined who Becker was. Becker was Wimbledon and Wimbledon was Becker.

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