Adriano Panatta was able to return to close-ups during the quarantine due to phrases that resounded in white sport. “Without Nadal, Federer would have achieved 30 or 40 Grand Slams”, “The game by Nadal or Djokovic seems boring” and “Nadal would be unbeatable with better service”, were some of them.
However, in 1976, he achieved glory without words and a lot of tennis. He was proclaimed champion of Roland Garros after defeating the North American Harold Solomon (executioner of Guillermo Vilas in Quarters) in four sets per class and, above all, better technique.
To access the final of the French Championship, Panatta had to beat Pavel Hutka (12-10 in the fifth set), Jun Kuki, Jiri Hrebec, Željko Franulovic, Björn Borg (first seed) and Eddie Dibbs (sixth).
He is, on the other hand, the second Italian to win the Roland Garros final after Nicola Pietrangeli (he was awarded the trophy in 1959 and 1960) and the only player to have defeated Björn Borg in this important place in world tennis.
With eight more titles in his record and the only Davis Cup that Italy won, who is turning 70 today can be satisfied. She talked to her tennis.