TENNIS / PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPS : Becker and McEnroe Lose; Graf Struggles to Beat Date

From Associated Press

Boris Becker has entered the International Players Championships six times and still has never reached the quarterfinals. Alberto Mancini of Argentina eliminated the third-ranked German in Tuesday's fourth round, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

"I have some time off now--five more days than I expected to," said Becker, who has a 9-6 record in this tournament.

Also sidelined was John McEnroe, who lost to Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. McEnroe had three set points in the first set and blew a 40-love lead serving the final game.

"That was the whole match," he said. "I could have won in straight sets. I don't have any explanation. I just didn't play the big points well."

The top women's players continued to win. Steffi Graf had the toughest time, eking out a 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Kimiko Date, who double-faulted on the final point.

The second-ranked Graf and No. 3 Gabriela Sabatini were both stretched to three sets for the first time in the tournament. Sabatini defeated Brenda Schultz of the Netherlands, 6-1, 6-7 (7-1), 6-0.

Top-ranked Monica Seles, who has lost 11 games in three matches, beat Radka Zrubakova, 6-1, 6-2. Fourth-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario won when Barbara Rittner retired with a back injury, and No. 5 Jennifer Capriati beat No. 9 Zina Garrison, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Also advancing to the quarterfinals were Amanda Coetzer, Mary Joe Fernandez and Amy Frazier.

In men's play, top-ranked Jim Courier swept Carl-Uwe Steeb, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. No. 4 Pete Sampras beat Wally Masur, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-2, and Michael Chang rallied past Markus Zoecke, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Qualifier Robbie Weiss, who upset Stefan Edberg on Monday, lost to Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland, 6-2, 6-2. The other quarterfinalists are Russian Andrei Cherkasov and unseeded Diego Nargiso of Italy, ranked 100th.

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