LONDON – Just as he did so often during their playing days, Boris Becker came out on top against Stefan Edberg.
This time, though, they were not out there on the grass at Wimbledon, serving-and-volleying as in the old days. They were sitting up in the players' guest boxes at Centre Court: Becker coaches champion Novak Djokovic; Edberg coaches runner-up Roger Federer.
After edging Federer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 Sunday, Djokovic climbed into the stands for a big embrace with Becker.
Djokovic and Federer have played each other 35 times, the same number of meetings Becker and Edberg had.
Becker won 25 of those, including the 1989 Wimbledon final. Edberg did win their two other title matches at the All England Club, in 1988 and 1990.