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MCENROE ELIMINATED AT SOVRAN CLASSIC

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John McEnroe's pain with each loss is growing greater as he gets older. And the losses are coming more and more often for the world's former No. 1.

"The hurt of losing is worse as you get older than the excitement of winning when you're young," a somber McEnroe said after losing losing to Derrick Rostagno for the second time in less than a month.Rostagno's victory in the third round of the Sovran Bank Classic sent the 113th-ranked player in the world into the quarterfinals Friday against Jim Grabb, the No. 6 seed who hasn't dropped a set in winning his first two matches.

Top-seeded Andre Agassi, competing for the first time since his French Open runner-up finish, was to play No. 7 Richey Reneberg for the right to play the winner of Michael Chang-Todd Witsken match in the semifinal.

The winner of the Rostagno-Grabb quarterfinal will play the winner of another Friday match between No. 2 seed Brad Gilbert and unseeded Michael Stich of West Germany, the only non-American in the quarterfinals.

Rostagno, an aggressive but erratic player, was known after seven years on the tour more for his easy-going lifestyle than his court accomplishments. His biggest accomplishment before last month was probably having two set points against Boris Becker at Wimbledon last year before finally losing.

But he dominated McEnroe in his 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 victory Thursday night, matching McEnroe's touch shots by mixing up big serves and volleys with soft drop shots of his own.

Any comparison to the straight-set upset at Wimbledon June 26, he was asked. "They were both three sets," he said.

McEnroe, who showed some old flash in shouting down a couple of line judges and chasing one crying infant from the tennis stadium, was subdued afterward as he discussed whether he has another comeback left in him.

"It puts me that much farther back, because I'm fighting against myself," he said. "The ultimate test is to lose and come out of it."

"There's not as much sting in my shots, not as consistent placing. I make a couple of weak volleys that get sent back hard," McEnroe said.

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Meanwhile, in Bonn, Goran Ivanisevic of Yugoslavia advanced to the semifinals of the $1 million tennis tournament at Stuttgart, beating West Germany's Eric Jelen in two straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

In the semifinals, 18-year-old Ivanisevic will meet Emilio Sanchez of Spain. Sanchez, seeded ninth in the world, eliminated Uruguay's Marcelo Filippini, 7-6, 6-2.

In the second semifinal match, Henri Leconte of France will play Guillermo Perez-Roldan of Argentina.

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And in Newport, R.I., top seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain capitalized on three service breaks to defeat Meredith McGrath 6-4, 7-5 and advance to the semifinals of the $225,000 Virginia Slims of Newport.

Also advaning to the semifinals were No. 5 seed Gretchen Magers of San Diego, 7th-seeded Anne Smith of Dallas, and unseeded and 127th-ranked Jo Durie of England, who upset No. 4 seed Ros Fairbank-Nideffer of San Diego, 7-5, 6-0.

On Saturday, Magers, who defeated Australian Louise Field, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5), will play Sanchez Vicario, and Smith, who topped Liz Smylie of Australia, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) will meet Durie.