How Will Costa Fare in 2004?

Chloe le Bopper
12-29-2003, 04:55 AM
Perhaps nobody cares, and this thread will die a horrible death. But I thought it would be interesting to speculate. Last time people predicted his death in the rankings he still ended in the top 25 and made a valient attempt to defend his Roland Garros title.

Next year will be his last true shot at playing the olympics. If he wants to do that, he will have to stay in the top 25, and perhaps even top 20, due to intense competition to be within the top 4 spaniards.

Fortunately for him, he didn't do a whole lot in the first half of the year (olympic cut off is in june) aside from Roland Garros and Miami. I vaguely recall him making a final somewhere in an optional event, but this might be my imagination.

Anyways... will he stay in the top 20-25, or catch a horrible case of Alex Corretja?

12-29-2003, 05:11 AM
He didn't win a tournament this year and i doubt he will in 2004 but then again Albert seems to have made a career out of doing things when no1 expects him to but having said that, after seeing him come back match after match at roland garros this year and then eventually fall to JC in the semi's i think the best of Albert Costa is probably behind him and i dont think with all the rising spanish stars that we'll see him at the olympics.

and from what i remember he didnt make a final last yr in any tournament.

Action Jackson
12-29-2003, 05:24 AM
Well Costa is a very fit and tenancious player, and unlike Corretja he hasn't lost any court speed plus he has taken steps to making his game more aggressive than he was previously.

I can't see why he can't improve at that age like Muster did, who at 27 changed his game to be more aggressive and kept up his work ethic and got rewarded.

He has an Olympic medal already with Corretja, so I am not sure how much of an incentive it would be for him.

Though when the decline does set in, it will be very quick and very hard to stop.

01-01-2004, 03:08 PM
I think Albert might surprise people this year. Last year maybe he felt extra pressure being the French champion, but this year there is no pressure to defend and that could help him. I think he will have a good clay court season, and will stay 20-25 at least.