Champions of Wimbledon (2008)
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- In 1976 Bjorn Borg won the first of a record five consecutive Wimbledon Singles titles. The 2008 Championships will see Roger Federer attempt to overtake the Swede by winning his sixth successive crown. Arguably this achievement could make the Swiss master the greatest Wimbledon Champion of all time.
In the years between Borgs last title and Federers first, the Mens Singles Final featured many of the best players to have graced the courts of SW19. There were eleven Wimbledon Champions, each one characterised by their own unique style of play and personality: the controversial, left-handed New Yorker John McEnroe who played in the most famous Wimbledon tie-break against his greatest rival Borg; the never say die attitude of McEnroe and Borgs adversary the fiery American Jimmy Connors; the youngest champion and first German winner, Boris Becker; the memorable victory celebration of the popular Australian Pat Cash; the graceful serve and volley game of Swedens Stefan Edberg; Michael Stichs impressive triumph over his compatriot Becker; the young Las Vegas showman Andre Agassis first and only Wimbledon title; the powerful Dutchman Richard Krajiecks unexpected success at SW19; the only wildcard winner and popular crowd favourite, the Croatian Goran Ivanisevic; the fighting spirit of Australias Lleyton Hewitt; and who could forget Pete Sampras emotional record seventh title with the light fading on an atmospheric Centre Court.
These great champions delighted audiences with displays of unforgettable tennis. Who better to look back over these incredible years than Bjorn Borg, one of the greatest Wimbledon Champions. Borg was a great rival to McEnroe and Connors and was the all-time hero of many other champions including Becker and Edberg.
Bjorn Borg was also Tim Henmans idol. The former British number one made his first visit to Wimbledon at the age of six and saw his hero play on the Centre Court. It was that day that Henman made his one and only career decision he wanted to become a tennis player and he wanted to play at Wimbledon. Henman appeared in four semi-finals, on each occasion he was runner-up to the eventual champion.
In a unique meeting, shot exclusively in the Mens Locker Room at the All England Club, Tim Henman interviews his idol Bjorn Borg. Both players candidly discuss the Wimbledon Mens Singles competition. They consider who is the greatest of the champions from Borg to Federer, which was the most exciting Mens Final and they recall their own personal memories from the Championships.
Borg versus McEnroe, Becker versus Edberg, Sampras versus Agassi, Federer versus Nadal, every player and every fan has their favourite final, this documentary is a celebration of exceptional champions and outstanding tennis.