Why did Derrick Rostagno lose his third-round match at Wimbledon?
“You can’t hit what you can’t see,” Rostagno said.
Rostagno, who eliminated John McEnroe in the first round, was overrun by Goran Ivanisevic, 18, of Yugoslavia, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. Ivanisevic served 17 aces.
“I’ve never played someone who’s played that well,” Rostagno said.
Rostagno, 24, of Brentwood, was unable to break Ivanisevic’s serve, but thought he played well.
“I gave it all I had, so I can’t get angry,” said Rostagno, who has a sore throat.
He said he isn’t unnerved by losing, and plans to see the play, “Phantom of the Opera” before he leaves town.
“Things can go wrong, things can go right,” Rostagno said. “How serious can you take everything? This is a game. It’s a great game, to be sure, but you can’t forget what it is.”