Costa: 'I had great players as a Davis Cup captain: Nadal, Ferrer, Almagro'

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Costa: 'I had great players as a Davis Cup captain: Nadal, Ferrer, Almagro'

In an interview to Tennis Magazin the Davis Cup Finals Tournament Director Albert Costa recalled when he worked as a Spanish team captain winning the 2011 title in Sevilla against Argentina. Costa said: "The three years where I worked as a captain of Spanish team were very special for the Spanish tennis.

We had very big players: Nadal, Ferrer, Ferrero, Lopez, Almagro, Verdasco, Granollers. Everyone was involved and wanted to play. That was the key to success. For me it was a challenge to involve all the players. If you use the same players for a year, the other players quickly lose motivation."

Which was the toughest choice? "It was 2009. In the quarter-finals Juan Carlos Ferrero played quarters and semis, won the fifth decisive match against Germany. I did not pick him for the final. It was difficult to tell him.

As a captain, you have to take tough decisions." How did it happen that he would become Davis Cup Tournament Director? "Galo Blanco, a former professional player and now Kosmos Sports Director, came to me and offered me the role as a Davis Cup Finals Tournament Director.

I was very happy about the offer. The new Davis Cup is a big project and it will be successful." Asked about his relationship with the footballer Gerard Pique, Costa replied: "I have been knowing Gerard for several years.

Now our connection is much closer because I work with him. We have many meetings. He is completely involved and excited. His main job is to be a FC Basrcelona player", concluded the former French Open winner.