Pietrangeli appeared in four men's singles finals at Roland Garros – winning the title in 1959 and 1960, and finishing runner-up in 1961 and 1964. He also won the Roland Garros men's doubles title in 1959 (together with Orlando Sirola), and the mixed doubles in 1958.
At Wimbledon, Pietrangeli was a single semifinalist in 1960, when he lost to Rod Laver in 5 sets (6–4, 3–6, 8–10, 6–2, 6–4).
He won also the Internazionali d'Italia in 1957 and 1961 and was ranked World No. 3 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph in 1959 and 1960 and also by Ned Potter in 1961.
A master finesse player who proudly represented Italy in Davis Cup competition from his early twenties deep into his thirties.
A masterful match player and tireless campaigner, he set an astonishing record by winning 120 of 164 matches in Cup play.
He was a player on the Italian teams which reached the Davis Cup final in 1960 and 1961. Both finals were played on grass courts in Australia, and the Italians were not able to overcome the strong Australian team which included Rod Laver, Roy Emerson and Neale Fraser.
Stylish and elegant, Pietrangeli was a crowd favorite nearly everywhere he went. Most comfortable from the baseline, he acquitted himself ably in every facet of the game.
After retiring (1973) 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.
On his 73rd birthday, the old tennis stadium in Foro Italico of Rome was named in his honour; he is among the very few tennis players to have received such an honour while still living (others include Laver and Margaret Court).
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