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kiki 04-19-2013 01:10 AM

a tribute to Panatta
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?

robow7 04-19-2013 07:53 AM

Maybe the best drop shot the game has ever seen.

hoodjem 04-20-2013 05:13 PM

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


kiki 09-21-2013 09:04 AM

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

coolhandluke 09-21-2013 12:53 PM

Dai Panatta !!!!!!!

coolhandluke 09-21-2013 12:55 PM

Dai A D R I A N O ! ! !

kiki 02-25-2014 12:56 PM

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?

Phoenix1983 02-26-2014 04:17 AM

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?

jean pierre 02-26-2014 05:41 AM

What would be Panatta without Pavel Hutka ?

Vensai 02-26-2014 10:10 AM

Panatta was one the few would could give it to Borg at the FO.

kiki 02-26-2014 12:19 PM


Originally Posted by Phoenix1983 (Post 8147963)
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?

Never watched him?

kiki 02-26-2014 12:21 PM


Originally Posted by jean pierre (Post 8148092)
What would be Panatta without Pavel Hutka ?

What a big truth!!!!

Phoenix1983 02-26-2014 12:37 PM


Originally Posted by kiki (Post 8149082)
Never watched him?

Nope, but I heard about him.

kiki 02-28-2014 01:42 PM


Originally Posted by Phoenix1983 (Post 8149119)
Nope, but I heard about him.

Was a real fun player to watch.

if you like true tennis...or if you were a woman.

rod99 02-28-2014 04:48 PM

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.

kiki 03-21-2014 02:55 PM

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...

hoodjem 03-21-2014 03:12 PM

There are so few players who serve and volley on clay--and make it work really well.

Rosewall, Laver, Panatta, Noah, Pecci.

kiki 03-21-2014 03:16 PM

and donīt forget 83 Noah and 79 " almost" Victor Pecci.

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

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