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Tilden is first American to win Wimbledon

Updated: June 27, 2002, 10:39 AM ET
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.

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