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8. Albert Costa

DOB: 09.09.1974
Nationality: Spanish
World Ranking: 8
Australian Open record: 
2002 :: fourth round
2001 :: n/a
2000 :: first round
1999 :: first round
1998 :: second round
1997 :: quarter-final

Costa was as surprised as everyone else when he landed his first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros last year.

Having never been even to a semi-final, the Spaniard swept all before him at the French Open, beating compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final.

It was the ultimate achievement for a man who grew up playing on clay and, after getting married a few weeks later, he was clearly lacking motivation on his return to the game.

Costa won just three matches between August and November, although he did have enough ranking points to reach the Masters Cup where he beat Marat Safin.

Whether the 28-year-old has sufficient desire to succeed away from clay remains doubtful, and he will do well to match his last eight appearance of 1997 in Melbourne.

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