Courier, recently deposed by Pete Sampras as the world No 1, took only 75 minutes to reach the quarter-finals and admitted afterwards that losing the top ranking was nagging him.
'I'm trying not to explode. I want to keep my emotions in check and see what happens,' said Courier who now meets Patrick McEnroe.
Boris Becker's return to the ATP Tour after a stomach virus ended in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 second-round defeat by Argentina's Franco Davin in the Nice Open yesterday.
'It was like playing against a wall,' Becker said. 'I kept hitting winners and they kept coming back all the time. Then I missed a couple and that was it.'Reuse content