He pumped his fist four times: three times to beat his own chest, and then once into the air. The Court Central crowd, which had done the wave for him earlier, ate it up, with screams growing into hysteria. With his victory over defending French Open champion Carlos Moya today, Andre Agassi was back in the mix.
"Today was a huge, huge obstacle in my way," Agassi said. "I felt good about not just winning, but about how I won. I liked the way I played. I like the way I was executing. Now I've just got to continue to do that."
Agassi did not look sharp through the first set and a half, when he fell behind, 6-4, 4-1. Surprised by the heaviness of Moya's strokes, Agassi's forehand looked shaky as Moya ran him around the court. But the fourth-seeded Moya started playing on cruise control -- "I started thinking about something else, and when I wanted to play well again, I couldn't," Moya said -- and Agassi jumped into the breach to scratch out a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-1 victory.
"I was getting him to slice a lot of backhands, and I felt like his backhand was starting to break down," Agassi said. "I felt like a quality first serve and a quality first shot were putting him in a world of trouble. I was quite confident that the match had turned my way."
Capriati's Run Ends
Jennifer Capriati's loss to No. 2 seed Lindsay Davenport ended an impressive run of eight victories for the former teenage sensation, but she said she is looking upon her experience here as a positive one.
"I look at it that I got halfway through," she said. "I had a great run, with this tournament and the last tournament. I'm very optimistic about the future and other tournaments. This is just a starting point for me." . . .
Marcelo Rios, the ninth seed, dropped the first two sets to Alberto Berasategui before storming back for a 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory. "The court was pretty fast," he said. "The ball was bouncing really high and I had a little bit of trouble at the beginning."
CAPTION: Andre Agassi's 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-1 win over defending champion Carlos Moya earns him quarterfinal berth.