Originally Posted by hoodjem
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.
Allison Danzig wrote that Tilden played his greatest tennis ever in the 1927 Forest Hills final against Lacoste (and Danzig saw all of Tilden's great matches, including the 1927 French final).
Tilden threw everything that he had against Lacoste, but lost in three sets. This was Lacoste's greatest showing ever.