a tribute to Panatta

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  1. kiki

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    One of the greatest Cc players of the wonderful 70
    The only man able to beat Borg TWICE at RG which he won in 76 saving 7 mp in his first round match
    He had won Rome two weeks before beating in the final the other monster of cc Vilas
    Again saved many mp in round one
    Won Stockholm indoors against Connors and beat most of top players of that unique decade
    Reached two times FO semis and Wimbledon qf
    Played 4 DC finals ALL OF THEM AWAY winning one title
    No connaiseur doubts he would have won more titles had Italy played more finals at Rome
    Latin lover with unique looks and personality loved by women anywhere
    One of the last romantics with a unique S&V game...on clay rounded up with great touch shots either at baseline or net
    Famous tactical sense, solid baseline play, big serve, big fh, unique drop shots either at the net or at the ground...and the best ever high bh volley
    Poetry in motion
    Could beat anybody any time but never tried hard since he enjoyed life, pasta and nautic races
    So disappointing this guy would be criticized for most part of a match with his indolent look and play then would get a 5 min standing ovation with a couple of shots that only a God given talent could achieve
    He was able to baggel Lendl and then lose to a journeyman
    Guys like him made the 70 the greatest decade ever in tennis, never seen again such a kind if player
    Ah maybe cause he was a ball boy when a kid like Nastase,Santana or Orantes?
     
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    Maybe the best drop shot the game has ever seen.
     
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  3. hoodjem

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    Panatta made playing serve-and-volley on clay look natural. And he amazed Borg.

    Amazing!
     
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    Panatta was probably the only man that scared Borg on clay after 1974, when Nastase and Orantes no longer factored in for the Swede.
     
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    Dai Panatta !!!!!!!
     
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  6. coolhandluke

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    Dai A D R I A N O ! ! !
     
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  7. kiki

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    Panatta was also very well surrounded in DC play by a solid group of specialists.Paolo Bertolucci,Tonino Zugarelli and Corrado Barazutti.

    I also had some expects for indoor ace Gianni Ocleppo but he only had two great years and then faded away.What happened to this man?
     
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  8. Phoenix1983

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    How was Panatta able to defeat Borg at the FO twice, when no one else ever did it at all? Did he come to the net often and draw Borg out of his comfort zone?
     
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    What would be Panatta without Pavel Hutka ?
     
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    Panatta was one the few would could give it to Borg at the FO.
     
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  11. kiki

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    Never watched him?
     
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  12. kiki

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    What a big truth!!!!
     
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  13. Phoenix1983

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    Nope, but I heard about him.
     
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  14. kiki

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    Was a real fun player to watch.

    if you like true tennis...or if you were a woman.
     
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    while panatta did beat borg at the french twice, keep in mind that once was when borg was like 17. nobody seems to mention that.
     
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    Panatta is very proud of his long time relationship with DC, which he helped Italy winning for the first and till now only time back in 76.

    I guess some chileans in the exile were also happy of the result...
     
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    There are so few players who serve and volley on clay--and make it work really well.

    Rosewall, Laver, Panatta, Noah, Pecci.
     
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    and donĀ“t forget 83 Noah and 79 " almost" Victor Pecci.

    In 1984 even Mac did great on clay by S&V.
     
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