After having blasted British tennis as "useless" last week, Ivanisevic, seeded No. 10, was both arrogant and cocky, even as he walked off the court a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 loser to Nick Brown, a Brit who had retired for five years, who is now ranked No. 591 in the world and who rides to the All England Club on a Harley-Davidson.
Determined to pummel their opponents with aces, unwilling to be creative, both Sampras and Ivanisevic could have learned something from two former Wimbledon champions - John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.
In 1977, McEnroe played a match against Fred Stolle of Australia and won. Yesterday, McEnroe, seeded No. 16, played against Stolle's 20-year-old son, Sandon, and won an entertaining four-setter on Centre Court, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-0, 7-6 (9-7).
Connors, 38 years old and struggling to catch his breath in the third set, was masterful with his shot placement and was able to walk away - slowly - with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 second-round victory over Aaron Krickstein.
On the first rain-free day of the week at the All England Club, Sampras and Ivanisevic were the biggest names to fall. In a lesser surprise, 13th-seeded Jakob Hlasek lost to Todd Woodbridge of Australia, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Top-seeded Stefan Edberg, the defending men's champion, was dominating in a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 victory over David Pate. Second-seeded Boris Becker, a three- time champion, took command on the crucial points in a 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-5 victory over Peter Lundgren of Sweden.
Fourth-seeded Jim Courier, twirling his baseball cap and howling in frustration during the third and fourth sets, recovered to score a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory over fellow American Jim Grabb. Andre Agassi, seeded fifth, seemed to grow more comfortable on grass as he went along and posted a 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over big-serving Goran Prpic of Yugoslavia.
Other men's seeds to advance to the third round were No. 6 Michael Stich, No. 14 Karel Novacek and No. 15 Brad Gilbert. Meanwhile, No. 7 Guy Forget completed a first-round win over Gilad Bloom of Israel.
Two women's seeds lost in yesterday's second-round play. Sixth-seeded Jana Novotna was surprised by Brenda Schultz of the Netherlands, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, and 12th-seeded Natalia Zvereva was upset by Linda Harvey-Wild of the United States, 6-4, 6-1.
The top women's seeds to see action - No. 2 Gabriela Sabatini, No. 3 Martina Navratilova and No. 4 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario - registered routine victories, Sabatini over Karine Quentrec of France, 6-4, 6-2; Navratilova over Amanda Grunfeld of England, 6-3, 6-1, and Sanchez over Amanda Coetzer of South Africa, 6-4, 6-1.
Sampras' display of carelessness and nonchalance against Rostagno was surprising. Only last summer, Sampras had captured the attention of the world when he upset Ivan Lendl, McEnroe and Agassi on his way to the U.S. Open title. This year, though he has not won a tournament, he still is ranked in the top 10.
Yesterday, his service returns landed mostly in the net, and his volleys
went caroming off walls and into the stands.
"Obviously, this is a pretty big disappointment to me," Sampras said afterward.
But it wasn't obvious. Sampras was flip and sarcastic during his postmatch interview, which came after he walked off the court with a casual shrug of the shoulders.
Last year, Fred Perry, a venerable former Wimbledon champion, had tabbed Sampras as a future Wimbledon champ, and Becker had said the same of Ivanisevic after beating him in the semis last year. Both teenagers played yesterday as if they thought they could advance to the third round on press clippings alone.
"That's the way it goes sometimes," Sampras said. "I think it was kind of up to Derrick how the match went."
That was a curious remark from the player who dictated tactics against some of the world's best players at Flushing Meadow last summer.
As for Ivanisevic, before the tournament, after noting that he could face British players in each of the first two rounds, he had blithely said that ''no Brit could take a set off a seed."
Brown is a 29-year-old who quit tennis in 1984 to teach because "I had no place to live and no car, and I needed some money." Eager to play Davis Cup for Britain, Brown returned to the tour in 1989 but had posted no impressive victories. Until yesterday.
Basically, Brown let Ivanisevic flail away with his scattershot forehand, a stroke that often results in a winner when it lands in the court - and often didn't land in the court yesterday.
"I play one of worst matches in my life," Ivanisevic said. "I was too slow, moving badly, and I am missing easy volleys. He did nothing."
What Connors is doing has made him the favorite of screamers of two varieties - squealing teenagers and reverential middle-aged fans. There were plenty of both in the seats at Court 14 as Connors huffed and puffed his way past a bewildered Krickstein before hustling off to do some scheduled work for NBC-TV.
Expecting to be in virtual retirement, Connors had committed himself to doing television commentary for the tournament. After fighting his way through exuberant autograph-hunters who snuck onto the court after his victory, he said he had to hurry because "I've got to get to the (TV) booth."
Connors isn't sure how his old bones will hold up, especially now that rain has backed up the proceedings. For the first time today, matches will be played on the middle Sunday of the tournament, and Connors, like many others, will be playing his third match in three days, a third-rounder against Rostagno.
"I knew I could play two matches in a row," Connors said. "Three matches in a row? I don't know. I haven't done that since 1987."
At least Connors has television to fall back on. Soon, though, NBC might need to find a sub. Sampras and Ivanisevic are available.
SEEDINGS IN PARENTHESES.
Jacco Eltingh, Netherlands, def. Richard Vogel, Czechoslovakia, 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-9), 6-3. Richard Krajicek, Netherlands, def. Maurice Ruah, Venezuela, 5-7, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Guy Forget (7), France, def. Gilad Bloom, Israel, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4. Christian Bergstrom, Sweden, def. Eduardo Masso, Belgium, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3. Jaime Yzaga, Peru, def. Nicklas Kulti, Sweden, 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 6-1. Luiz Mattar, Brazil, def. Shuzo Matsuoka, Japan, 6-4, 4-6, 6-7 (8-10), 7-5, 7-5.
Omar Camporese, Italy, def. Glenn Michibata, Canada, 7-5, 6-2, 6-1. Michael Stich (6), Germany, def. Diego Nargiso, Italy, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2. Arnaud Boetsch, France, def. Gianluca Pozzi, Italy, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (9-7), 6-4. Stefan Edberg (1), Sweden, def. David Pate, Las Vegas, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. Jean-Philippe Fleurian, France, def. Horst Skoff, Austria, 6-2, 6-0, 6-3. Alexander Volkov, Soviet Union, def. Anders Jarryd, Sweden, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6. Martin Laurendeau, Canada, def. Richey Reneberg, Palm Desert, Calif., 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2. John McEnroe (16), New York, def. Sandon Stolle, Australia, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-0, 7-6 (9-7). Christo Van Rensburg, South Africa, def. Wayne Ferreira, South Africa, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2.
Karel Novacek (14), Czechoslovakia, def. Javier Sanchez, Spain, 6-0, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2). Derrick Rostagno, Pacific Palisades, Calif., def. Pete Sampras (8), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. Patrick Kuhnen, Germany, def. Mark Petchey, Britain, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3. Javier Frana, Argentina, def. Kevin Curren, Austin, Texas, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-2. Jim Courier (4), Dade City, Fla., def. Jim Grabb, Tucson, Ariz., 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 4-6, 6-3. Nick Brown, Britain, def. Goran Ivanisevic (10), Yugoslavia, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Andre Agassi (5), Las Vegas, def. Goran Prpic, Yugoslavia, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Jimmy Connors, Santa Ynez, Calif., def. Aaron Krickstein, Grosse Pointe, Mich., 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
Christian Saceanu, Germany, def. Gary Muller, South Africa, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5). Brad Gilbert (15), Oakland, Calif., def. Wally Masur, Australia, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Todd Woodbridge, Australia, def. Jakob Hlasek (13), Switzerland, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. Thierry Champion, France, def. Pat Cash, Australia, 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 4-6, 6-1, 12-10. Boris Becker (2), Germany, def. Peter Lundgren, Sweden, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-5. Jan Gunnarsson, Sweden, def. Lars Jonsson, Sweden, 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4). David Wheaton,
Deephaven, Minn., def. Cedric Pioline, France, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3. Tim Mayotte, Bradenton, Fla., def. Jeremy Bates, Britain, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (4), Spain, def. Amanda Coetzer, South Africa, 6-4, 6-1. Judith Wiesner (16), Austria, def. Larisa Savchenko, Soviet Union, 6-3, 6-0. Marianne Werdel, Bakersfield, Calif., def. Julie Halard, France, 6-2, 6-4. Zina Garrison (7), Houston, def. Elena Pampoulova, Bulgaria, 6-3, 6-1.
Amy Frazier (14), Rochester Hills, Mich., def. Robin White, San Diego, 7-5, 6-4. Gabriela Sabatini (2), Argentina, def. Karine Quentrec, France, 6-4, 6-2. Anne Minter, Australia, def. Joanne Faull, Australia, 6-3, 6-2. Maria Strandlund, Sweden, def. Emanuela Zardo, Switzerland, 6-4, 6-4. Elena Brioukhovets, Soviet Union, def. Nicole Provis, Australia, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. Gigi Fernandez, Aspen, Colo., def. Donna Faber, Hilton Head, S.C., 7-5, 7-5.
Lori McNeil, Houston, def. Naoko Sawamatsu, Japan, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Pam Shriver, Baltimore, def. Bettina Fulco, Argentina, 6-0, 6-3. Brenda Schultz, Netherlands, def. Jana Novotna (6), Czechoslovakia, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. Laura Gildemeister, Peru, def. Mariaan De Swardt, South Africa, 6-4, 6-1. Anke Huber (13), Germany, def. Tami Whitlinger, Boca Raton, Fla., 6-2, 6-1. Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Germany, def. Nicole Jagerman, Netherlands, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2. Elizabeth Smylie, Australia, def. Catherine Suire, France, 6-3, 6-4. Patricia Hy, Canada, def. Pascale Paradis-Mangon, France, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Yayuk Basuki, Indonesia, def. Nathalie Herreman, France, 6-4, 6-4. Martina Navratilova (3), Aspen, Colo., def. Amanda Grunfeld, Britain, 6-3, 6-1.
Manon Bollegraf, Netherlands, def. Jo Durie, Britain, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Laura Garrone, Italy, def. Maya Kidowaki, Japan, 6-4, 6-3. Andrea Strnadova, Czechoslovakia, def. Carrie Cunningham, Livonia, Mich., 6-1, 6-3. Mary Joe Fernandez (5), Miami, def. Audra Keller, Memphis, Tenn., 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. Jennifer Capriati (9), Broken Sound, Fla., def. Radka Zrubakova, Czechoslovakia, 6-2, 6-3. Katerina Maleeva (8), Bulgaria, def. Ann Grossman, Grove City, Ohio, 6-4, 6-4. Linda Ferrando, Italy, def. Patty Fendick, Sacramento, Calif., 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. Nathalie Tauziat (11), France, def. Akiko Kijimuta, Japan, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Wiltrud Probst, Germany, def. Els Callens, Belgium, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. Catarina Lindquist, Sweden, def. Karina Habsudova, Czechoslovakia, 6-3, 6-2. Linda Harvey-Wild, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., def. Natalia Zvereva (12), Soviet Union, 6-4, 6-1.
Paul Haarhuis and Mark Koevermans (12), Netherlands, def. Michiel Schapers, Netherlands, and Roger Smith, Bahamas, 6-1, 7-6 (7-0). Stephen Botfield and James Turner, Britain, def. Henrik Jan Davids and Jan Siemerink, Netherlands, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4). Thomas Carbonell, Spain, and Petr Korda, Czechoslovakia, def. Charles Beckman, Louisville, Ky., and Scott Melville, San Marino, Calif., 6-2, 6-4. Patrick Galbraith, Tacoma, Wash., and Todd Witsken (7), Carmel, Ind., def. Mansour Bahrami, Iran, and Rodolphe Gilbert, France, 7-5, 6-3. Luke Jensen, Ludington, Mich., and Laurie Warder (10), Australia, def. Gilad Bloom, Israel, and Peter Doohan, Australia, 6-4, 6-4. Patrick Galbraith, Tacoma, Wash., and Todd Witsken (7), Carmel, Ind., def. Mansour Bahrami, Iran, and Rodolphe Gilbert, France, 7-5, 6-3.
Jeff Brown, Palm Coast, Fla., and Bret Garnett, Bayshore, N.Y., def. Massimo Boscatto and Stefano Pescosolido, Italy, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4. David Adams, South Africa, and Girz Dzelde, Soviet Union, def. Kent Kinnear, Greenwood, Ind., and Sven Salumaa, Bloomington, Ind., 6-3, 6-4. Byron Black, Zimbabwe, and Todd Middleton, Atlanta, def. Jim Grabb, Tucson, Ariz., and Patrick McEnroe (13), Oyster Bay, N.Y., 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Glenn Layendecker, Boston, and Richey Reneberg, Palm Desert, Calif., def. Todd Nelson, San Diego, and Bryan Shelton, Huntsville, Ala., 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. Ken Flach, Sebring, Fla., and Robert Seguso, Boca Raton, Fla., def. Ronnie Bathman and Rikard Bergh, Sweden, 7-6, 6-4. Grant Connell and Glenn Michibata (4), Canada, def. Andrew Castle, Britain, and Greg Van Emburgh, Naples, Fla., 6-4, 6-2.
Tom Nijssen, Netherlands, and Cyril Suk, Czechoslovakia, def. Martin Laurendeau, Canada, and Fernando Roese, Brazil, 6-4, 6-4. Goran Ivanisevic, Yugoslavia, and John McEnroe, New York, def. Rick Leach, Laguna Beach, Calif., and Jim Pugh (3), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-3, 6-4. Gustavo Luza, Argentina, and Cassio Motta, Brazil, def. Neil Borwick and Andrew Kratzmann, Australia, 6-1, 6-2. Scott Davis, Davie, Fla., and David Pate (1), Las Vegas, def. Alfonso Mora, Venezuela, and Tobias Svantesson, Sweden, 6-4, 6-4. Jim Courier, Dade City, Fla., and Doug Flach, St. Louis, def. Andrei Olhovskiy, Soviet Union, and Libor Pimek, Belgium, 6-3, 6-3. Wayne Ferreira and Piet Norval (15), South Africa, def. Menno Oosting, Netherlands, and Paul Wekesa, Kenya, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.
Gaby Coorengel and Amy Van Buuren, Netherlands, def. Lupita Novelo, Mexico, and Betsy Somerville, Honolulu, 6-4, 6-4. Jill Hetherington, Canada, and Kathy Rinaldi (12), Amelia Island, Fla., def. Nana Jankovska and Eva Melicharova, Czechoslovakia, 6-3, 6-2. Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Germany, and Elna Reinach (13), South Africa, def. Helen Kelesi, Canada, and Jill Smoller, Larchmont, N.Y., 6-3, 6-3. Belinda Borneo and Clare Wood, Britain, def. Carin Bakkum and
Nicole Jagerman, Netherlands, 6-3, 7-5. Halle Cioffi, Loudon, Tenn., and Amy Frazier, Rochester Hills, Mich., def. Steffi Graf and Claudia Porwik, Germany, 7-6 (9-7), 1-6, 6-4. Kimiko Date and Ei Iida, Japan, def. Cammy MacGregor, La Quinta, Calif., and Penny Mager, North Miami Beach, Fla., 6-4, 6-2. Sabine Appelmans, Belgium, and Caroline Vis, Netherlands, def. Linda Barnard, South Africa, and Ann Henricksson, Mill Valley, Calif., 6-4, 7-6.