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Albert Costa Wins French Open

June 9, 2002

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PARIS (AP) _ Albert Costa won the French Open on Sunday, beating fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam title.

It’s also Costa’s first tournament title of any sort since August 1999.

When Ferrero double faulted on match point, Costa fell to the ground on his back in jubilation, starting what certainly will be one of the greatest weeks of his life. He will be married Friday.

Costa dominated the first two sets against the error-prone Ferrero, winning 6-1, 6-0. But Ferrero broke Costa in the 10th game _ when Costa missed a drop shot _ to capture the third 6-4 on a cool day at Roland Garros.

Costa regained control at the end of the fourth. He broke Ferrero at love for a 4-3 lead and then also held his serve at love for 5-3.

He squandered one match point when he missed a forehand, but got the biggest win of his career when Ferrero double faulted.

Costa, who will turn 27 later this month, won a Grand Slam title in his 26th Grand Slam tournament. His best previous finish at Roland Garros was the quarterfinals.

Ferrero, 22, was playing for just the third time at Roland Garros and made the semifinals in his first two tries, but he made 60 unforced errors to only 48 for Costa.

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