Winner: 1985, 1986, 1989
Finalist: 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995
Semifinalist: 1993, 1994
Do you know who won the Wimbledon men's singles title at 17 years of age?
It was Boris Becker when he defeated South African Kevin Curren 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 6–4 in 1985.
In doing so, Becker became the youngest male Grand Slam winner ever, until Michael Chang broke the record by winning the French Open in 1989.
Becker was so advanced at such a young age. His serve was definitely "boom boom," and his court awareness—coupled with his young legs—allowed him to win three Wimbledon titles by the age of 21.
Though what entranced the Wimbledon crowd wasn’t Becker himself; it was his rivalry with fellow prodigious talent Stefan Edberg.
Going into the 1988 Wimbledon final against Edberg, Becker was 9-4 in career matchups and a two-time Wimbledon champion—so bet your money on Becker right?
Well, Edberg won 4–6, 7–6 (2), 6–4, 6–2.
Going into the 1990 Wimbledon final against Edberg, Becker was 15-8 in career matchups and a three-time Wimbledon champion—money on Becker?
Edberg won 6–2, 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4.
Aside from 1989 when Becker easily defeated Edberg 6–0, 7–6, 6–4, Edberg generally lost against Becker; Becker was 25-10 in career matchups.
Their rivalry at Wimbledon was so riveting that it inspired a young Roger Federer decades later; his rivalry with Rafael Nadal has and will continue to inspire countless young tennis players.