Great warstory! <3 the pics!
From my experience, I always make sure I have my DS relatively close to the opponent when I'm playing. Otherwise there may be a lag which could result in seconds being wasted or even worse your situation vs Albert =/
Like Dozz said, it would be nice if TPCI actually put it somewhere in the rules that you can friend rule someone before the finalist lounge. Nobody wants to vs against people who you battle and trained with leading up to the tournament until after the finalist lounge.