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harry_potter 07-17-2002 09:53 AM

fluke?
 
Albert Costa, the 2002 Roland Garros champion! :bounce:

anabel 07-17-2002 10:52 AM

Albert, he deserved it :D

Chloe le Bopper 07-17-2002 11:18 PM

Nah, no fluke.

Albert was one of the best clay courters in the world before he even won there, so it was something that he earned :)

he had to beat 3 of last years semifinalists to win the title, 2 of them were last years finalists - one a three time winner, and the other a two time finalist.

So no fluke, just long overdue.

(I'm soooo over Juan Carlos losing now ;))

Vamos Costa :D

Daniel 07-17-2002 11:24 PM

A true champion

:) :) :) :)

Berlin_Calling 07-18-2002 11:45 PM

NO FLUKE! Look at the number of clay tourneys he won before he won RG. Tremendous amount. Somewhere towards 15 or something?

Lucas Arg 07-19-2002 05:52 AM

Yes, he really deserves it:D

Go Albert, win some more tournaments this year;)

nueva_armada 07-21-2002 11:13 AM

no, he deserves it ;)

Dissident 07-22-2002 12:01 AM

As people said, he deserved it. And more than that, it shouldnt be a surprise to anyone him winning Roland Garros; I did some research, just to keep recorded, of his performance on clay since 1993. I got :eek:. Take a look.
12 TITLES
8 Times Runner-up
11 Times Semifinalist
15 Times Quarterfinalist

1993
Q Santiago (GP)

1994
S Estoril (GP)
S Prague (GP)
S Bucharest (GP)

1995
W Kitzbuhel (GP)
F Estoril (GP)
F Casablanca (GP)
S Nice (GP)
S Santiago (GP)
Q ROLAND GARROS (GS)
Q Stuttgart Outdoor (GP)
Q San Marino (GP)

1996
W Bournemouth (GP)
W Gstaad (GP)
W San Marino (GP)
F MONTE CARLO (TMS)
S ROME (TMS)
Q Umag (GP)

1997
W Barcelona (GP)
W Marbella (GP)
S Stuttgart Outdoor (GP)
Q HAMBURG (TMS)

1998
W HAMBURG (TMS)
W Kitzbuhel (ISG)
F ROME (TMS)
F Bournemouth (IS)
Q Gstaad (IS)
Q Stuttgart Outdoor (ISG)

1999
W Kitzbuhel (ISG)
W Estoril (IS)
W Gstaad (IS)
S Bucharest (IS)
S Palermo (IS)
Q MONTE CARLO (TMS)
Q Barcelona (ISG)

2000
S Gstaad (IS)
Q ROLAND GARROS (GS)
Q MONTE CARLO (TMS)
Q ROME (TMS)

2001
F Kitzbuhel (ISG)
S HAMBURG (TMS)

2002
W ROLAND GARROS (GS)
F Barcelona (ISG)
F Amersfoot (IS)
Q MONTE CARLO (TMS)
Q ROME (TMS)

I guess thats enough... ;)

tennischick 07-22-2002 10:46 AM

nice stats hitman. no fluke performance there!

LeChuck 10-29-2007 08:18 PM

Re: fluke?
 
Definately not a fluke. Al had underachieved in his career prior to RG 2002, often being classed as a major contender at the French Open in the mid to late 90s, only to frequently fail to live up to his billing, so winning the French Open title meant that he made up for his past disappointments. It was indisputable that he was the best player during RG fortnight in 2002, as the standard of tennis that he produced was significantly higher than anyone else's. He outplayed Guga, Corretja and Ferrero, and thoroughly deserved to emerge triumphant. He also performed brilliantly to reach the semi-finals a year later in 2003, and of course there was no stopping Ferrero that year.


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