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Adriano Panatta (born 9 July 1950) is a former professional tennis player from Italy. He won the French Open in 1976, and was the only player ever to defeat Björn Borg at Roland Garros, doing so on two occasions.

Adriano Panatta
Adriano Panatta 1970.jpg
Country (sports) Italy
ResidenceFlorence, Italy
Born (1950-07-09) 9 July 1950 (age 68)
Rome, Italy
Height1.83 m (6ft)
Turned pro1969 (amateur tour from 1968)
Retired1983
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$776,187
Singles
Career record380–237
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 4 (24 August 1976)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1969)
French OpenW (1976)
WimbledonQF (1979)
US Open4R (1978)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1975)
WCT FinalsQF (1977)
Doubles
Career record233–152
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 15 (24 March 1980)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1976)

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CareerEdit

Panatta was born in Rome. His father was the caretaker of the Tennis Club Parioli, and as a youngster he learned to play the game on the club's clay courts. He became a successful European junior player before turning professional.

In his early career, Panatta won top-level professional titles at Bournemouth in 1973, Florence in 1974, and at Kitzbühel and Stockholm in 1975.

The pinnacle of his career arrived in 1976, when he won the French Open defeating Harold Solomon in the final 6–1, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6. In the first round he had saved a match point against Czechoslovakian player Pavel Hutka. In the same year he also won the Italian Open, having saved 11 match points in his first round match against the Australian Kim Warwick, and beating Guillermo Vilas in the final (2–6, 7–6, 6–2, 7–6). He finished off 1976 by helping Italy capture its first-ever Davis Cup title, winning two singles and a doubles rubber in the final against Chile. He reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 4 that year.

Panatta is the only player to have defeated Björn Borg at the French Open. He achieved this feat twice – in the fourth round in 1973 (7–6, 2–6, 7–5, 7–6), and in the quarterfinals in 1976 (6–3, 6–3, 2–6, 7–6). He also faced Borg at the semifinal stage of the 1975 tournament; Borg won on this occasion in four sets.

In 1977, Panatta won the World Championship Tennis tournament in Houston, where he defeated Jimmy Connors and Vitas Gerulaitis. He followed this up with another title in Tokyo in 1978.

Panatta was less successful on fast surfaces. On grass courts, he reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 1979. He was beaten at that stage by Pat Du Pré in 5 sets (3–6, 6–4, 6–7, 6–4, 6–3).

After the 1976 Davis Cup triumph, Panatta helped Italy reach the Davis Cup final on three further occasions – in 1977, 1979 and 1980. The team lost to Australia in 1977, the United States in 1979, and to Czechoslovakia in 1980. Overall, Panatta compiled a 64–36 Davis Cup record (55–17 on clay).

Panatta's final career singles title came in 1980 at Florence. He retired from the professional tour in 1983. Since retiring as a player, Panatta has served as captain of Italy's Davis Cup team, and as tournament director of the Rome Masters. He is also a professional powerboat racer.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Win (1)
Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
1976 French Open   Harold Solomon 6–1, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6

Career finalsEdit

Singles: 26 (10–16)Edit

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1971 Senigallia, Italy Clay   Martin Mulligan 6–3, 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 1. 1972 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Manuel Orantes 3–6, 8–9, 0–6
Runner-up 2. 1972 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Andrés Gimeno 5–7, 8–9, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1973 Valencia, Spain Clay   Manuel Orantes 4–6, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 1973 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Ilie Năstase 1–6, 6–3, 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 1973 Nice, France Clay   Manuel Orantes 6–7, 7–5, 6–4, 6–7, 10–12
Runner-up 6. 1973 Madrid, Spain Clay   Ilie Năstase 3–6, 6–7, 7–5, 1–6
Runner-up 7. 1973 Florence, Italy Clay   Ilie Năstase 3–6, 6–3, 6–0, 6–7, 4–6
Winner 2. 1973 Bournemouth, England Clay   Ilie Năstase 6–8, 7–5, 6–3, 8-6
Winner 3. 1974 Florence, Italy Clay   Paolo Bertolucci 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 8. 1974 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Björn Borg 3–6, 0–6, 7–6, 3–6
Winner 4. 1975 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Jan Kodeš 2–6, 6–2, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 9. 1975 Madrid, Spain Clay   Jan Kodeš 2–6, 6–3, 6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 10. 1975 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Björn Borg 6–1, 6–7, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 1975 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Jimmy Connors 4–6, 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 11. 1975 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Guillermo Vilas 6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 6. 1976 Rome, Italy Clay   Guillermo Vilas 2–6, 7–6, 6–2, 7–6
Winner 7. 1976 French Open, Paris Clay   Harold Solomon 6–1, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6
Runner-up 12. 1976 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Raúl Ramírez 5–7, 7–6, 1–6, 3–6
Winner 8. 1977 Houston WCT, U.S. Clay   Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6, 6–7, 6–1
Runner-up 13. 1978 Rome, Italy Clay   Björn Borg 6–1, 3–6, 1–6, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 9. 1978 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay   Pat Du Pré 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 14. 1978 Bologna, Italy Clay   Peter Fleming 2–6, 6–7
Winner 10. 1980 Florence, Italy Clay   Raúl Ramírez 6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 15. 1980 Geneva, Switzerland Clay   Balázs Taróczy 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 16. 1980 Paris Indoor, France Carpet   Brian Gottfried 6–4, 3–6, 1–6, 6–7

Doubles: 27 (17–10)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1973 Florence, Italy Clay   Paolo Bertolucci   Juan Gisbert
  Ilie Năstase
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 1974 Florence, Italy Clay   Paolo Bertolucci   Róbert Machán
  Balázs Taróczy
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 3. 1974 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Paolo Bertolucci   Ove Nils Bengtson
  Björn Borg
3–6, 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 1975 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet   Paolo Bertolucci   Hans Kary
  Fred McNair
6–7, 7–5, 6–7
Winner 4. 1975 Bologna WCT, Italy Carpet   Paolo Bertolucci   Arthur Ashe
  Tom Okker
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 1975 Barcelona WCT, Spain Carpet   Paolo Bertolucci   Arthur Ashe
  Tom Okker
5–7, 1–6
Winner 5. 1975 London WCT, England Carpet   Paolo Bertolucci   Jürgen Fassbender
  Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. 1975 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Paolo Bertolucci   Patrice Dominguez
  François Jauffret
6–2, 6–2, 7–6
Winner 7. 1975 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Paolo Bertolucci   Jürgen Fassbender
  Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 1976 Stockholm WCT, Sweden Carpet   Tom Okker   Alex Metreveli
  Ilie Năstase
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 4. 1976 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay   Paolo Bertolucci   Jürgen Fassbender
  Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
5–7, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 1977 Mexico City WCT, Mexico Hard   Ilie Năstase   Wojtek Fibak
  Tom Okker
2–6, 3–6
Winner 8. 1977 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet   Ilie Năstase   Vijay Amritraj
  Dick Stockton
6–4, 3–6, 7–6
Winner 9. 1977 London WCT, England Hard (i)   Ilie Năstase   Mark Cox
  Eddie Dibbs
7–6, 6–7, 6–3
Winner 10. 1977 Houston WCT, U.S. Hard   Ilie Năstase   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 1977 Charlotte WCT, U.S. Carpet   Corrado Barazzutti   Tom Okker
  Ken Rosewall
1–6, 6–3, 6–7
Runner-up 7. 1977 Masters Doubles WCT, New York Carpet   Vitas Gerulaitis   Vijay Amritraj
  Dick Stockton
6–7, 6–7, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 11. 1978 Florence, Italy Clay   Corrado Barazzutti   Mark Edmondson
  John Marks
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 1979 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard   Raúl Ramírez   Marty Riessen
  Sherwood Stewart
6–4, 4–6, 6–7
Winner 12. 1979 Florence, Italy Clay   Paolo Bertolucci   Ivan Lendl
  Pavel Složil
6–4, 6–3
Winner 13. 1979 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Paolo Bertolucci   Carlos Kirmayr
  Cássio Motta
6–4, 6–3
Winner 14. 1980 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Paolo Bertolucci   Vitas Gerulaitis
  John McEnroe
6–2, 5–7, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 1980 Florence, Italy Clay   Paolo Bertolucci   Gene Mayer
  Raúl Ramírez
1–6, 4–6
Winner 15. 1980 Paris Indoor, France Carpet   Paolo Bertolucci   Brian Gottfried
  Raymond Moore
6–4, 6–4
Winner 16. 1981 Nancy, France Hard (i)   Ilie Năstase   John Feaver
  Jiří Hřebec
6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 1981 Florence, Italy Clay   Paolo Bertolucci   Raúl Ramírez
  Pavel Složil
3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 17. 1982 Florence, Italy Clay   Paolo Bertolucci   Sammy Giammalva Jr.
  Tony Giammalva
7–6, 6–1

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open 1R A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
French Open 1R 4R 3R QF SF 2R SF W QF 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R A 1 / 14 34–13
Wimbledon A 1R 3R 3R A 3R 3R 3R 2R A QF 3R A A A 0 / 9 17–9
US Open A A A 1R 3R A A 2R 3R 4R 1R A 3R A A 0 / 7 10–7
Win–Loss 0–2 3–2 4–2 5–3 7–2 2–2 7–2 10–2 7–3 4–2 6–3 2–2 3–2 1–1 0–0 1 / 31 61–30
National Open
Italian Open 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 3R W QF F QF 2R QF 1R 1R 1 / 15 27–14
Ranking
Year End Ranking 14 34 14 7 23 23 29 34 39 76

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