Italian Adriano Panatta won the men's singles at the French international tennis championships in Paris on Sunday (13 June) and completed the double of Europe's two major clay court titles.
Italian Adriano Panatta won the men's singles at the French international tennis championships in Paris on Sunday (13 June) and completed the double of Europe's two major clay court titles. Panatta defeated American Harold Solomon 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 in the final at the Roland Garros stadium to add the French title to the Italian one which he won in Rome two weeks earlier.
SYNOPSIS: A large crowd watched as Panatta chased after the 9,000 dollars crime money in sweltering neat that reached 120 degrees fahrenheit. It took Panatta -- in dark shirt -- four sets and two hours and 48 minutes to beat Solomon.
After winning the first two sets and losing the third, Panatta built up a 5-2 lead in the fourth. He said later he became very nervous when he had victory in his grasp. But he continued to play well and the spectators showed their appreciation each time he won a good point.
Solomon's service was sometimes weak. He was undoubtedly tired by his three and a half hour semi-final against Mexican Raul Ramirez. Nevertheless, Solomon fought doggedly and ran indefatigably.
Solomon finally forced Panatta to drop 12 straight points to level 5-5 in the fourth set. The tie-break became inevitable and Panatta finally served for the match.
Game, set and match to Panatta.