Costa keeps alive dream of fourth Kitzbuehel title

Eleventh-seeded Albert Costa advances to the third round of the Generali Open.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Kitzbuehel, Austria:Eleventh-seeded Albert Costa beat Austria's Werner Eschauer 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3 and advanced to the third round in his bid to become the second man to win the Generali Open four times. The 29-year-old Spanish clay-court specialist, who won in Kitzbuehel in 1995, '98 and '99, is attempting to match the feat of Argentina's Guillermo Vilas, who won his four titles between 1977 and 1983. Costa has won 12 ATP titles but none since the 2002 French Open. Costa achieved an early break and controlled the first set with temperatures around 40 degrees Centigrade at the Kitzbueheler Tennis Club. However, Eschauer rallied in the second set, earning a break in the eighth game and eventually evening the match in a tiebreak. In the final set, Costa broke to lead 2-0, but relinquished the advantage in the next game. He again broke Eschauer's serve to lead 5-3 and held to complete the victory. Costa, who hasn't reached a final in two years, will face Luis Horna of Peru. In a very close contest, Horna overcame Colombian Alejandro Falla, prevailing 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/2) in a two-hour match. In a battle of servers, the seventh-seeded Horna capitalised on his greater experience in the tie breaks. Argentina's Juan Monaco eliminated 10th seed David Ferrer 6-3, 6-4. Monaco dominated the seemingly surprised Spaniard with his varying game and moved on to the third round. (AP)

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