Costa, Albert   ESPN




Height: 5-foot-11
Weight:  163 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed


Born: June 25, 1975, Lerida, Spain
Career Titles: 12
Career Highlights
Spain
GRAND SLAM TITLES:
Australian Open:
French Open: 2002
Wimbledon:
U.S. Open:



  CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2003
• Failed to win a title during the season, but still reached the semifinals at Roland Garros before falling to eventual champion Juan Carlos Ferrero. Also reached the semifinals in Miami.

2002
• At the French Open, eliminated both 2001 finalists -- three-time champion Gustavo Kuerten and best friend Alex Corretja -- before advancing to the final where he defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.

• On June 14, the week after winning the Roland Garros title, married the mother of his twin girls, Cristina Ventura, with semifinal opponent Alex Corretja serving as his best man.

• Reached only one other final in 2002 losing to Juan Ignacio Chela at the Energis Open.

2001
• Finished the year outside of the top 30 and only reached one final.

• Lost in the first round of the French Open to Julien Boutter in five sets, making his earliest exit since 1994.

• Had his best result at the U.S. Open reaching the fourth round.

2000
• For the first time in five years, ended the season without winning a title but still finished the year in the Top 30.

• Had a 3-2 Davis Cup record in singles to lead his country to it's first title.

• In doubles, won the bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics with Alex Corretja.

1999
• Took three titles: Estoril, Gstaad and defended Kitzbuehel.

• Finished the year as the No. 1 Spanish player.

1998
• Won his first Tennis Masters Series title in Hamburg and reached the final at Rome.

• Won the title at Kitzbuehel and reached the final in Bournemouth.

1997
• In April, broke into the Top 10 for the first time.

• Won titles in Barcelona and Marbella.

• Reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.

1996
• Won three out of five finals -- Gstaad, San Marino and Bournemouth.

• Reached his first TMS final in Monte Carlo.

1995
• Reached the quarterfinals of Roland Garros ousting two-time champion Jim Courier along the way before falling to eventual champion Muster.

• Won first ATP title in Kitzbuehel defeating Muster to break his streak of 24 clay-court finals.

1994
• Reached the semifinals in Estoril.