As one of the world’s best eight players, Costa qualified for the year-end 2002 Tennis Masters Cup held in Shanghai by virtue of his ranking and victory in Roland Garros. It was the second time in Albert’s career that he competed in the ATP’s year-end championship.
In 1998, he traveled to the ATP World Championships in Hannover, Germany, as an alternate. He played in two matches and lost both to Greg Rusedski and Alex Corretja, finishing with a world ranking of No. 14.
In Shanghai, Costa started off with a three-set loss to World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt before an impressive victory over Marat Safin. Costa could have qualified for the semifinals with a victory over countryman Carlos Moya in his final round robin match, but Moya emerged victorious, 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-4.
After the match, Costa reflected on his the Tennis Masters Cup and his 2002 season.
“Well, I’m disappointed because I think I was playing some very good tennis and I deserve, as the other ones, to be in the semifinals. But tennis is like this and they qualified and I cannot do anything else. I was fighting all the three days, 100 per cent, and then I didn’t make it. So what should I do? I’m proud of myself and that’s it.”
“I had a great, a great season, I think. I won Roland Garros this year. For me, was one of the biggest tournament of the world and I feel very proud of myself. Now is the end of the year. A little strange was I got injured in Madrid, injured again here, but I think I was playing a good game here. I played very good tennis in Shanghai, so I’m very happy.”