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Costa named Spain captain

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:10

Costa replaces Emilio Sanchez Vicario, who confirmed after leading Spain to their third Davis Cup title last month with a 3-1 victory over Argentina in Mar del Plata that he would be stepping down from his position.

The 33-year-old Costa is a former French Open champion who climbed as high as sixth in the world as a player before retiring in 2006, while he was a member of Spain`s successful Davis Cup side in 2000.

Costa, who is also coach of Spain`s Davis Cup player Feliciano Lopez, was the favourite to replace Sanchez Vicario and he was officially confirmed as the new captain at a press conference in Barcelona today.

“It’s a dream come true. I’m excited by the project I have been entrusted with and am grateful for the confidence place in me,” said Costa.

“I hope to keep the standards high, although that is not going to be an easy job because Emilio has left a legacy that will be difficult to better.

“It gives me great pride that they have thought of me. I am going to work with a team of great players and stars.”

Spain are next in Davis Cup action in March, when they begin the defence of their title against Novak Djokovic’s Serbia.

Costa added: “You always have to take it step by step and the first tie is going to be very tough. We will fight to try to get through.”

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