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Old 01-04-2013, 02:31 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by BobbyOne View Post
Tilden has an awesome record (14 majors won, at least 161 tournaments won) which would have been even greater if he had travelled to Australia, to Wimbledon 1922 to 1926, if French Championship would have come earlier.

It's not too bold to speculate about three or four Grand Slams (true GSs) for Tilden.

Perhaps competition was not quite as tough as Gonzalez, Rosewall and Laver faced.
I believe that Tilden actually won the French of 1927 with an ace. Rene Lacoste (his opponent) seemed to also think so (he started to walk up and shake Tilden's hand).

But the linesman was Henri Cochet (whom Tilden had defeated in the semis), and he called the serve out. Tilden was so rattled by the interruption and the call, he lost his concentration and went on to lose the match.
In the end, the aggressive all-court player always has the advantage against a power-bashing baseliner.
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