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i am very proud of Albert Costa...

tennischick
11-15-2002, 10:29 AM
he got a lot of knocks for qualifying for Shanghai. some said he had no right to be there bec his RG win was just a fluke. but he showed up and he played his heart out and i couldn't be prouder. i swear i feel like his mum (i'm not). lol...;)

Jorge
11-15-2002, 11:15 AM
yeah i am proud of him too. Initially nobody was betting one single buck for him. And he has finished putting under doubts up to the last minute the qualification to the semi-finals of the world number one .
ˇBien hecho Alberto! You can let satisfied Shanghai :)

martinatreue
11-15-2002, 11:44 AM
he played fabulously considering his confidence indoors was not high. Beating Safin is amazing and so far he is the only one to come very close to bating Carlos Moya. I love you ALBERT!!!! :hearts:

joanbalcells
11-15-2002, 01:43 PM
Yes, congrats Albert! I hope he now rests his back and spends some time in the sun. He did himself proud this week! I'm proud to be a fan!

:mad: @ MOYA

Chloe le Bopper
11-15-2002, 02:32 PM
I'm mad at Moya for winning - I hope he loses tomorrow :D

Um anyhow, hehe - Costa made many of us bite our feet this week, so congrats to him :wavey:

Andromeda
11-15-2002, 04:14 PM
Costa was the guy who first got me to watching men's tennis. It was either in '99 or 2000. He sort of dissapeared after that. But he made the Cup this season, he's still around. I'm pretty proud of him too.

tamara77
11-15-2002, 06:29 PM
Excellent performance and I regret for disregarding him before the tournament began. He proved that he's place was well deserved.

Lee
11-15-2002, 06:34 PM
Here's some pics for Costa supporter.

Lee
11-15-2002, 06:35 PM
Unfortunate in the 3rd set

Lee
11-15-2002, 06:36 PM
Everyone can see Moya was not happy in winning over Costa but being professional, he did his best to win a match.

Ma. Estefania
11-15-2002, 08:31 PM
Although I thought before the Masters Cup that Costa was gonna be the weakest in the tournament, I think that I was wrong and he tried his best during the whole tournament, and even beated Marat.
So, he must be proud of himself. He was almost in semifinals.

Dissident
11-16-2002, 12:31 AM
Great job Albert!
I remember not so long ago I had to dig many stats from his carreer to prove people he was no damn fluke on RG. Well, anyway... He played some very good matches, a lot better than I could expect. Great end of season. :)

Btw, I love your signature, Andromeda! ;)

Jackie
11-16-2002, 12:34 AM
Costa has surprised me in this tournament. He beat Safin and took a set from each of Hewitt and Moya. He has shown that he deserves to be there.

tennischick
11-16-2002, 12:04 PM
he certainly did better than that flippin' waste of time named Agassi with whom i am very pissed right now...grrrrrr :mad: :mad:

Andromeda
11-16-2002, 02:11 PM
Thanks Hitman. And its true too. He'll prove it next seaon.

the cat
11-16-2002, 02:23 PM
Costa is a first class player. He whipped the competition in Paris. Thus his Roland Garros championship was no fluke. And now he's proven he can play with the best players indoors. Congrats to Costa. But why can't he win the French again? I think he can!

Chloe le Bopper
11-16-2002, 02:26 PM
I don't think that Costa will defend next year, the cat ;)

But CAN he? I would think that if he can beat Guga, Corretja and Ferrero, that he can surely win again. I just dont' think the cards will be in his favour next year *wishful thinking at play here*

Anyhow - I never felt his Roland Garros was a fluke - it was a surprise, but only because he had underachieved there for so long. I had a feeling before the finals he would win, as much as it killed me to say so :sad:

joanbalcells
11-16-2002, 05:24 PM
funny, because i had a feeling about costa after he came through mental nightmare 1st round match against Gasquet, where he lost the first set. i think he really steeled himself to come out firing in every match after that.

the cat
11-17-2002, 02:52 AM
Becca, I'm glad you agree with me about how Costa winning the 2002 French Open was no fluke! :) You're using sound reasoning, just like I am! ;)

Merton
10-26-2007, 12:32 AM
BUMP :angel:

Merton
10-26-2007, 12:34 AM
I don't think that Costa will defend next year, the cat ;)

But CAN he? I would think that if he can beat Guga, Corretja and Ferrero, that he can surely win again. I just dont' think the cards will be in his favour next year *wishful thinking at play here*

Anyhow - I never felt his Roland Garros was a fluke - it was a surprise, but only because he had underachieved there for so long. I had a feeling before the finals he would win, as much as it killed me to say so :sad:

Word. A pity that Al was out of gas against Ferrero in the 2003 semis, but there was no stopping Ferrero at that time.

ReturnWinner
10-26-2007, 12:36 AM
Word. A pity that Al was out of gas against Ferrero in the 2003 semis, but there was no stopping Ferrero at that time.

well coria would have had chances in the final, but Ferrero did not have a pretty impressive draw.

Merton
10-26-2007, 12:41 AM
well coria would have had chances in the final, but Ferrero did not have a pretty impressive draw.

He dismantled Mantilla and dealt sufficiently against Gonzalez on fire, the latter was especially dangerous against him given the matchup. Considering what happened in the 2004 final, there are also doubts that Coria would be fully competitive. There is no doubt though that it would have been a much more interesting final than the one we got against Verkerk.

ReturnWinner
10-26-2007, 12:51 AM
He dismantled Mantilla and dealt sufficiently against Gonzalez on fire, the latter was especially dangerous against him given the matchup. Considering what happened in the 2004 final, there are also doubts that Coria would be fully competitive. There is no doubt though that it would have been a much more interesting final than the one we got against Verkerk.


well the problem with Coria was maybe he would have been pretty tight

and nervous but if not i think he had some chances to win in that

hypothetical final

Action Jackson
10-26-2007, 02:59 AM
Costa has done very well with coaching LaLo.

ufokart
10-26-2007, 03:46 AM
Albert :worship:

He retired cause he was anxious to show the world how he could improve lalo's game :rolls:

LeChuck
10-26-2007, 07:43 AM
Great bump.
So many people undersell Costa on clay. During the Roland Garros fortnight in 2002, he was undoubtedly the best player and thoroughly deserved his title. He had often underachieved and failed to live up to his billing during his career prior to that tournament, but his series of stunning performances to win the 2002 French Open title saw him well and truly set the record straight.

Kolya
10-26-2007, 07:51 AM
Don't remind me of Verkerk.

LeChuck
10-26-2007, 07:53 AM
I was shocked that we didn't get a Ferrero-Coria French Open final in 2003, although I was also kind of pleased, as I really wanted to Ferrero to finally win the title after losing at the semi-final stage in 2000 and 2001 and finishing as the runner-up in 2002, and I thought that Verkerk would be an easier opponent for him in the final, which turned out to be true.

MariaV
10-26-2007, 07:57 AM
Costa has done very well with coaching LaLo.

All hail to Big Al! :worship: :bowdown:

LeChuck
10-26-2007, 08:03 AM
A lot of people did expect Costa to be cannon fodder for the other players in fiercely difficult Round Robin group at the Masters Cup 2002, but he definately performed admirably well. Losing to the best player in the world at the time Hewitt in 3 sets, beating Safin who had won the Paris-Bercy title just before in 3 sets, and narrowly losing to the reigning Cincy champion Moya in 3 sets; he posted better results than most people including me were expecting.

LeChuck
10-26-2007, 08:14 AM
He dismantled Mantilla and dealt sufficiently against Gonzalez on fire, the latter was especially dangerous against him given the matchup. Considering what happened in the 2004 final, there are also doubts that Coria would be fully competitive. There is no doubt though that it would have been a much more interesting final than the one we got against Verkerk.

Some good memories there. The Ferrero-Gonzo match was absolutely outstanding, and Ferrero had to play very well to withstand Gonzo's hard hitting, and he dropped to his knees after match point and was incredibly relieved. I recently purchased the Ferrero-Mantilla match and watched it, and JCF was in stunning form that day and didn't put a single foot wrong. I agree that nobody was going Ferrero from going all the way at Roland Garros. in 2003, and it was the same story with Al Costa in 2002.

stebs
10-26-2007, 09:53 AM
Costa has worked wonders with LaLo. Watch any highlights from a few years ago and the differenceis frightening.

rocketassist
10-26-2007, 10:32 AM
Fluke my backside. The clay court game was so strong at that time: Guga, Corretja, JCF, he came through those challenges and deserved RG at least once.

His excellent defence a year later proved that and JCF had to be that good to dismiss him in the end.

Action Jackson
03-09-2008, 06:33 AM
Fluke my backside. The clay court game was so strong at that time: Guga, Corretja, JCF, he came through those challenges and deserved RG at least once.

His excellent defence a year later proved that and JCF had to be that good to dismiss him in the end.

Agreed. It was funny when he was one of the favourites around 1997-99, he wasn't able to step it up at RG, but 2002 he was clearly the best player of the event and that single hander was great stuff.

Action Jackson
03-09-2008, 06:37 AM
Costa has worked wonders with LaLo. Watch any highlights from a few years ago and the differenceis frightening.

Yes, he has shown his coaching skills for sure. LaLo actually fighting in most of the matches now, sure he has the odd moody day, but nowhere near as much as it used to be.

LaLo was going out of the top 100 and playing challengers, before he hooked up with Costa.

Great tribute here to the man.

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azza
03-09-2008, 07:26 AM
What a shit bump

LeChuck
03-09-2008, 10:15 AM
Thanks for bumping this great thread up again, and posting that tribute to him.
Al Costa rocks :worship:
It's pretty cool that in the space of one week in 2002, Corretja was his opponent in an RG semi-final and then his best man at his wedding.

Jimnik
03-09-2008, 01:17 PM
I think we can all be proud of Al. :worship:

Nathaliia
03-09-2008, 01:34 PM
This is true, Al seems to be a very good coach; let's hope he will bring out of Lalo even more.

Pink Princess
03-09-2008, 07:00 PM
http://www.antaki.ca/tennis/tennispics/bv_0609costa1.jpg

Albert was charming and a great player of Tennis.

MariaV
03-09-2008, 07:03 PM
I think we can all be proud of Al. :worship:

Totally agree! Big Al! :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown:

Merton
03-09-2008, 07:04 PM
Thanks for the video, Costa had an excellent 5-set match against Sampras at the quarters of the 1997 AO. Sometime ago the entire match was up on youtube, I don't know if it is still there.

What really annoyed me at the time he won the RG in 2002 was the narrative that Al Costa was a random dirtballer journeyman and his win only indicated the chaos prevailing at the ATP at that time. The timing of his victory might be susprising but there was no doubt about his credentials on the surface.

Raquel
03-10-2008, 12:23 AM
All hail to Big Al! :worship: :bowdown:
;)

Vamos Albert :worship: He snuck in at the right time to grab a Slam when Corretja was the more likely to do it.

For me his 2003 French Open defence was as heroic as the 2002 French Open win. He came from 2 sets down 3 times to make the semis. I remember Eurosport showing all those matches and it was a great run to watch :)

Action Jackson
03-10-2008, 03:20 AM
The defence of his RG title was classic, especially as he was in fairly ordinary form that year.

Beat Roitman, Stepanek and Robredo in 5 sets and came back from 2 sets down against Roitman and Robredo.

Billabong
03-10-2008, 03:37 AM
The defence of his RG title was classic, especially as he was in fairly ordinary form that year.

Beat Roitman, Stepanek and Robredo in 5 sets and came back from 2 sets down against Roitman and Robredo.

wasn't he up against Lapentti also?? I remember an unbelievable marathon with Lapentti involved in RG 2003, both players cramping..

Action Jackson
03-10-2008, 04:01 AM
wasn't he up against Lapentti also?? I remember an unbelievable marathon with Lapentti involved in RG 2003, both players cramping..

Yes, he came back from 2 sets down against Lapentti as well. Costa had a go at Lapentti, for taking a time out for cramps.

juvvi
03-10-2008, 05:41 AM
Isn't Costa the first Grand Slam opponent of Richard Gasquet?