It’s been so many years years since I watched it ‘live’ so I don’t remember exactly, but I think I treated that match as a premature final. Rios was the best in the world in the first half of 1998 (titles at Indian Wells, Key Biscayne, Rome and the Aussie Open final) while Costa – having played three five-setters against Muster (2-1 for Muster) when the Austrian seemed unbeatable on clay – seemed to be among favorites to win the French Open in years 1996-98… he fulfilled expectations in 2002 when paradoxically not too many people counted on him. Rainy-chilly day (17 degrees), and an animated Costa , who withdrew from the Italian Open final vs Rios a few weeks before, led 6-4 4:2* (deuce) when Rios  turned the tables despite some problems with his right thigh. In the 4th set there were six breaks of serve in 9 games, Costa lost his serve four times in a row and the match after 2 hours 38 minutes. He had won 14 matches in a row, including very easy path in the first three rounds in Paris.
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