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Borg hopes Federer keeps breaking records

Björn Borg will be happy to see Roger Federer keep piling up the records if it means he continues to grace Centre Court for years to come.

The Swede, who walked away from the sport when he was just 26 after seeing his Wimbledon reign ended by John McEnroe in 1981, hopes that the world number one doesn’t suffer the fate that struck him when he fell out of love with the sport.

“Hopefully he will not wake up one day and suddenly realize he is bored with the sport. If that happens, it will become difficult for him,” said Borg who is making only his second trip to Wimbledon in 26 years.

“Right now he looks sharp and wants to play for many more years. Everything around him is very correct, but a lot of players understood what I went through when I lost my motivation.

“It came to the point where life in tennis was not fun any more, but still I was young. If that happens, it’s difficult to continue.”

Borg could see Federer equal his record of five successive Wimbledon titles later Sunday if the Swiss master beats Rafael Nadal for the second year in a row.

The Swede insists he will be more than happy to see the record not only equalled but also bettered.

“Records are not meant to be just challenged,” Borg told the Sunday Times.

“They are there to be broken. To win five times in a row at Wimbledon is tough to beat. Pete Sampras was close: he got four in a row, then it was Roger who beat him to deny the fifth.

“Now I hope and believe he can win six, seven, or even eight times in a row, so long as he keeps the motivation.”

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Björn Borg’s son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut

Four decades after Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg won a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, his 16-year-old son Leo Borg is reportedly set to make his debut at the tournament.

Björn Borg's son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut
Leo Borg's Wimbledon debut is yet to be officially confirmed. Photo: Hanna Franzén/TT

According to reports in British tabloid The Sun and Swedish tabloid Expressen, Borg will be awarded a wildcard to play in the Wimbledon junior event.

“Leo is very grateful about getting a wildcard for the qualifiers to junior Wimbledon,” Björn Borg told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

“It will be an incredible experience and useful practice for the future,” he added.

A spokeswoman for the Wimbledon tournament did not want to confirm the decision, only saying that wildcard announcements and the main draw for the Juniors tournament would be made next week.

If confirmed, Leo Borg’s Wimbledon debut comes 39 years after Björn Borg defeated American rival John McEnroe, winning him his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.

The iconic match has been called one of the greatest matches of all time and the story was adapted for the screen in the 2017 feature film Borg vs McEnroe, where Leo, bearing a striking resemblance to his fatther, played a younger version of Björn Borg.

During the 1970s and early 1980s Björn Borg won a total of 11 Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledons and six French Opens.


Björn Borg after winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 1980. Photo: Scanpix/TT

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