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Old 04-26-2012, 02:55 AM   #16
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:21 AM   #17
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I guess you guys haven't heard of one Alessio di Mauro.
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I guess you guys haven't heard of one Alessio di Mauro.
Another fixer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alessio_di_Mauro

I wouldn't seriously post his name in a topic discussing great players as he showed typical lack of character and disrespect for this great sport.

The greatest Italian player is Schiavone, which confirms the fact that Italy is a matriarchal society just like Belgium
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:28 AM   #19
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This cannot have been helped by the change made to the offside rule.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:42 AM   #20
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What about Schiavone?
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:45 AM   #21
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I guess you never heard of Enrico Becuzzi.
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Really great? There have not been that many really great in the world. Eh, depends on one's definition...

Probably the best Italian male player in the Open Era was Adriano Panatta.
He is the only man to ever defeat the great Clay/Grass King Bjorn Borg at Roland Garros and he did it twice to prove it was no fluke, and went on to win Roland Garros in 1976. He also helped Italy win their only Davis Cup title in history in the same year.
His highest ranking was #4 in 1976 and all in all he won 9 titles, 1 major, a finalist in 16 others.

He was at least very good.



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Old 04-26-2012, 06:55 AM   #23
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Just a couple of words:

''Too good Alessio, just too good...''
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I have so many Italians friends here in Canada... all they care is football (soccer). tennis is an individual sport ... I mean look at it, how come a small poor Balkan country like Serbia has the world #1 and another guy (Tipsy) who is what #8... no tennis history, no nothing ... that's what I love about tennis, you are pretty much on your own, no matter where you you are coming from ...
Not really true, ex-Yugoslavia had pretty long tennis history. Besides, after Nole and Tipsy retire, Serbia most likely won't have another top 100 player, let alone top 10.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:27 AM   #25
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Not really true, ex-Yugoslavia had pretty long tennis history. Besides, after Nole and Tipsy retire, Serbia most likely won't have another top 100 player, let alone top 10.
Franjo Puncec, Nikola Pilic, Zeljko Franulovic, Boba Zivojinovic, Goran Ivanisevic and Goran Prpic; just too mention a few; now you have Novak, Tipsa, Cilic, Troicki, Karlovic, Dodig; Ljubo and and Ancic retired....

So of course there is a huge tradition in former Yugoslavia when it comes to tennis
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Really great? There have not been that many really great in the world. Eh, depends on one's definition...

Probably the best Italian male player in the Open Era was Adriano Panatta.
He is the only man to ever defeat the great Clay/Grass King Bjorn Borg at Roland Garros and he did it twice to prove it was no fluke, and went on to win Roland Garros in 1976. He also helped Italy win their only Davis Cup title in history in the same year.
His highest ranking was #4 in 1976 and all in all he won 9 titles, 1 major, a finalist in 16 others.

He was at least very good.



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Ok, this qualifies, case closed.

I apologize that I haven't heard of him either.
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Pietrangeli and Panatta, but yeh it is a bit strange

Bertolucci had very good, but not really great results also.
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Nicola Pietrangeli appeared in four men's singles finals at Roland Garros, winning the title in 1959 and 1960. He reached a career high singles ranking of World No. 3.

After retiring as a player, Pietrangeli became Italy's Davis Cup team captain and guided them to winning their first-ever Davis Cup in 1976.
Pietrangeli was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1986.
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Pietrangeli was my first response when I saw this thread, but don't forget Fognini.
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Not really true, ex-Yugoslavia had pretty long tennis history. Besides, after Nole and Tipsy retire, Serbia most likely won't have another top 100 player, let alone top 10.
I forget the name of the cat who went off and married Lepa Brena.
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