Nadal to play for Spain in Davis Cup final

Nadal to play for Spain in Davis Cup final

BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal, the world's No. 2-ranked tennis player, said he will play for Spain against the Czech Republic in next month's Davis Cup finals.

Costa named captain of Spanish Davis Cup

BARCELONA, Spain, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Albert Costa, a former French Open champion, has been named as captain of the Spanish Davis Cup team.

Melzer reaches Austrian final

KITZBUHEL, Austria, July 19 (UPI) -- Crowd favorite Jurgen Melzer and Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro were Saturday's winners at the semifinals of the Austrian Open in Kitzbuhel.

Nadal wins, Costa bows out at Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain, April 27 (UPI) -- Reigning French Open champion Rafael Nadal of Spain Thursday advanced to the quarterfinals at the Open SEAT Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain.

Nadal advances to Barcelona third round

BARCELONA, Spain, April 26 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal scored his 43rd straight victory on clay Wednesday, beating Feliciano Lopez, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round at the Open SEAT 2006 tennis event.

Ferrero, Costa win; Moya loses in Spain

BARCELONA, Spain, April 24 (UPI) -- Two former French Open champions from Spain, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Albert Costa, posted first-round wins Monday at the $1.055 million Open SEAT tennis event.

Albert Costa to retire from the ATP

MADRID, April 22 (UPI) -- Albert Costa of Spain, the 2002 French Open champion, has announced he will retire after the Barcelona (Spain) Open next week.

Henman, Grosjean, Haas win in Madrid

MADRID, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Briton Tim Henman, Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean and German Tommy Haas were among Monday's multi-national first-round winners at the Madrid Masters.

Williams sisters roll at Flushing Meadow

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams were easy second-round winners Wednesday at the 2005 U.S. Open tennis tournament at Flushing Meadow.

Acasuso, Andreev among Prokom winners

SOPOT, Poland, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Seeded players Jose Acasuso of Argentina and Igor Andreev of Russia were among Monday's first-round winners at the Idea Prokom Open in Sopot, Poland.

Roddick, Agassi advance at Italian Masters

ROME, May 4 (UPI) -- Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi both reached the third round Wednesday at the Italian Masters.

Croatia leads United States 2-1

CARSON, Calif., March 5 (UPI) -- Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic upset Americans Bob and Mike Bryan Saturday to give Croatia a 2-1 lead over the United States in the Davis Cup.

Federer wins 20th straight match

DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Roger Federer won his 20th consecutive match Friday and moved into the finals of the Qatar Open.

Costa, Corretja highlight Madrid Masters

MADRID, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Spaniards Albert Costa and Alex Corretja highlighted Monday's opening round at the Masters Series Madrid.

Sanchez wins; Costa loses in Romania Open

BUCHAREST, Romania, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Defending champion David Sanchez advanced, but former French Open titlist Albert Costa was ousted Monday at the Romanian Open.
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Albert Costa
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) hits a forehand in his match against Albert Costa (ESP) during day 3 at the US Open in Flushing Meadows New York on August 31, 2005. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo) .

Albert Costa i Casals (born 25 June 1975, in Lleida) is a former professional tennis player from Spain. He is best remembered for winning the men's singles title at the French Open in 2002.

Costa began playing tennis at the age of five. He first came to the tennis world's attention as an outstanding junior player. In 1993, he reached the French Open junior final and won the Orange Bowl. He turned professional later that year and quickly established a reputation as a strong clay court player. In 1994, he won two challenger series events and was named the ATP's Newcomer of the Year.

Costa won his first top-level singles title in 1995 at Kitzb├╝hel. He won three further titles in 1996. In 1997, he won another two singles titles and was part of the Spanish team that won the World Team Cup. He won another two singles titles in 1998, including the Tennis Masters Series event in Hamburg. Three further titles followed in 1999.

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