Nicola Pietrangeli

NICOLA PIETRANGELI (ITALY)

Born: 11/9/1933

French Open 1959,1960

Nicola Pietrangeli was Italy’s greatest player ever. Blessed with great touch and guile, Pietrangeli was also prone to being erratic. He made his Grand Slam debut at the 1954 French Open, where he lost in the third round. At Wimbledon 1955 Pietrangeli reached the quarters where he lost to Kurt Nielsen in five sets. At the 1956 French Open Pietrangeli lost in the quarters to Lew Hoad. Making a rare trip down under in 1957, Pietrangeli reached the quarters of the Australian where he lost to Mal Anderson in straight sets. At the 1959 French Open he beat Neale Fraser in straight sets in the semis and Ian Vermaak in four sets in the final. At the French the following year he faced Luis Ayala in the final. Pietrangeli showed his full repertoire of strokes, showing delicate touch on the drop shot, which he used effectively. There were 21 breaks of service in the match, which went to five sets. Pietrangeli was the victor. It was his second and last Grand Slam title. At Wimbledon 1960 Pietrangeli beat Barry MacKay in four sets in the quarters before losing to Rod Laver in five sets in the semis. At the 1961 French Open Pietrangeli led two sets to one in the final against Manolo Santana before going down in five sets. He reached the French quarters the following two years and in 1964 made it through to the final, again losing to Santana, this time in four sets. Pietrangeli continued to play for several more years. He played his last Grand Slam event at Wimbledon 1973, where he lost in the opening round to John Simpson in five sets.

© GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: M.Anderson 0-3, A.Ashe 0-1, B.Bowrey 1-0, R.Emerson 1-1, N.Fraser 1-1, A.Gimeno 1-0, L.Hoad 0-1, R.Laver 0-2, J.Newcombe 1-0, M.Orantes 0-2, B.Patty 1-1, T.Roche 0-1, M.Santana 0-2, V.Seixas 0-1, S.Smith 1-0, F.Stolle 0-1

Nicola Pietrangeli's Grand Slam record

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