French Open 1976
Adriano Panatta was a charismatic player with flair and determination and was a hero in his home country of Italy. Panatta made his Grand Slam debut in the 1969 Australian Open, where he lost in the opening round. The following year he reached the fourth round of the French, where he lost to Francois Jauffret in straight sets. At the 1972 French Open, Panatta lost in the quarters to Alex Metreveli. In the 1973 French Open Panatta beat Bjorn Borg in the fourth round in four sets and Tom Okker in a four set quarter final before losing in straight sets to Nikki Pilic in the semis. At the 1975 French Open Panatta lost in the semis to Borg in four sets. At the French Open in 1976, Panatta beat Borg in the quarters in four sets and Eddie Dibbs in the semis in straight sets before a close four set win over Harold Solomon in the final. Panatta's Italian fans went wild with excitement as they proclaimed their first Grand Slam champion since Nicola Pietrangeli at the French Open in 1960. Defending his title the following year, Panatta came from two sets to love down to beat Buster Mottram in the fourth round before losing to Raul Ramirez in the quarters in straight sets. In 1979 Panatta made the quarters at Wimbledon, where he lost in straight sets to Pat DuPre. He made his last Grand Slam appearance at the French Open in 1982, where he lost in the second round. After retiring, Panatta became Italy's Davis Cup captain for several years.
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