Dramatic Budge lifts U.S. to Wimbledon title

Updated: July 15, 2002, 2:00 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

July 20, 1937

Earlier in the month, American Don Budge had an easy time in vanquishing Germany's Baron von Cramm in straight sets in the Wimbledon final. But today, on the same court, in the fifth and deciding match of the Davis Cup Interzone finals, the contest is much more competitive. When it's over, some are considering it the most dramatic match ever played.

Von Cramm, who received a phone call from Adolph Hitler before taking the court, wins the first two sets, 8-6 and ...

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