Adrijano Panata reached the quarterfinals of the Roland Garros tournament in 1976, marking the best achievement of an Italian player on the ATP list up to that time. Since the introduction of the ATP ranking in 1973, no Italian player had ever defeated the top-ranked player at four Grand Slam tournaments, a feat that remained unparalleled until recently.

However, Jannik Sinner managed to achieve this significant feat by defeating the top-ranked player, Novak Djokovic, in the semi-finals of the Melbourne tournament. Prior to Sinner’s victory, Italian players had succumbed to the top-ranked player 23 times, dating back to the initial encounter at Wimbledon in 1976 when American player Jimmy…

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