Courier's Back After Moya Upset




WIMBLEDON, England -- Jim Courier is back from tennis' version of the land of the living dead, bludgeoning balls with all his old fury and inspiring even longtime rival Andre Agassi to cheer him from the wings.


Snarling, pumping his fists, leaping as he slugged winners, Courier outlasted No. 12 Carlos Moya of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (1) 3-6, 6-2 on Wednesday in the Americans' best performance at Wimbledon since he reached the final six years ago.


An unabashed flag-waver, Courier celebrated a day of American triumphs that featured a straight-sets victory by defending champion Pete Sampras and a four-set upset by newcomer Paul Goldstein over another seeded Spaniard, No. 16 Felix Mantilla.


Courier hadn't played on Center Court since he lost a tough four-set final to Sampras in 1993.


It was, throughout, a thrilling duel between two former French Open champions who had to adjust their games to grass. But by the end, Moya was reduced to stumbling wearily in pursuit of Courier's shots from all over the court as the 28-year-old American kicked his game into a higher gear.


In other men's matches, Australian Mark Philippoussis served 38 aces in beating compatriot Mark Woodforde 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 and third seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia, beat Thailand's Paradom Srichaphan 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.