Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Sampras, Becker Fall In Paris Upsets

Pete Sampras and Boris Becker, who played a stirring final three days ago in Germany, lost their opening matches at the Paris Open on Wednesday, with Becker denouncing the arena as a "zoo" and "madhouse."

Marc Rosset reeled off 20 aces and clocked one serve of almost 129 mph to beat Sampras, the top seed and defending champion, 6-4, 6-4. "When he gets his serve going, you just pray for rain," Sampras said. "When he gets into the rhythm, he's 6 feet 7, it seems like he's slam-dunking on you every time." Becker lost to Carlos Moya of Spain 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, then complained bitterly. "What I've experienced today put me in a state of shock. I am sorry," said Becker, distressed over the conduct of a crowd that included many schoolchildren on vacation. "If people, especially in that hall behind the server, are constantly moving, screaming, laughing, getting up, it's impossible to play great tennis." Seeds continued to fall, with nine of the 16 already out of the tournament before the end of the second round. No. 3 Thomas Muster withdrew with a hip injury. He left the court after losing the first set 6-2 to Stefan Edberg. Edberg, in his next to last pro tournament, has a 10-0 career record against Muster. No. 5 Goran Ivanisevic, the 1993 winner, lost 6-3, 6-2 to Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands. No. 10 Marcelo Rios lost to Czech qualifier Petr Korda 6-3, 6-4. No. 14 Alberto Costa of Spain was beaten 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 by Dutch qualifier Fernon Wibier. No. 13 MaliVai Washington eliminated Czech Martin Damm 6-4, 6-2, and No. 4 Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the French Open champ, topped Frenchman Cedric Pioline 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. ***** TENNIS Seles Rolls Into Quarterfinals Top-seeded Monica Seles thumped Elena Likhovtseva 6-2, 6-1, moving into today's quarterfinals in the Ameritech Cup in Chicago. …

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