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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Tilden is first American to win Wimbledon
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


July 3, 1920

Bill Tilden, using his slice shots to perfection, cuts up Australia's Gerald Patterson to become the first American to win Wimbledon.

Even after losing the first set, Tilden is confident of victory. He takes advantage of his opponent's vulnerable backhand, continually using his famous cut strokes to exploit the defending champion's weakness. It looks as if Tilden is toying with his opponent in the final three sets of his 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory.

"The technique and cleverness (Tilden) displayed, although probably beyond the comprehension of the average spectator in the finer points, were not lost upon seasoned tennis followers," says The Associated Press story in The New York Times.





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