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Shocked. Stunned. Disbelieving.

Pick one. Pick all three. Then hang them on Pete Sampras, who looked Monday like the No. 1 player in the world only on the ranking sheet. And he may not have even that much longer.

By the time The Lipton men's champion is crowned on Sunday, the man who has owned tennis' throne for five years could be as low as No. 3. His 102-week reign is the third-longest in ATP Tour history.

Second-ranked Petr Korda, No. 3 Marcelo Rios and No. 5 Greg Rusedski have a chance to supplant Sampras, depending on how they fare at Lipton.

This was one of the embarrassing defeats of Sampras' 10-year career. He won the opening set at love in 21 minutes and double-faulted on one of two match points in a second-set tiebreak.

After one hour and 40 minutes of increasingly shaky play in this third-round match, he went down, 0-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, to South African Wayne Ferreira in a result that was so startling, even Ferreira was confounded.

"I guess after so many years at the top, you're going to go through a patch like this, and I guess Pete is going through one right now," Ferreira said.

"I can't honestly sit here and say it was because of my great tennis today. I played well and I did enough to win the match. I fought hard after losing the first set, being killed. But he definitely didn't play like the Pete he normally is."

On the women's side, top-seeded Martina Hingis needed three sets to defeat No. 13 Sandrine Testud and was joined in the quarters (1 p.m., ESPN) by No. 2 Lindsay Davenport, No. 3 Jana Novotna, No. 8 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, No. 11 Venus Williams and her unseeded sister, Serena Williams and No. 29 Silvia Farina.

Today, Anna Kournikova defeated Conchita Martinez, 6-3, 6-0, eliminating a top-10 player for the second time in 24 hours. She beat No. 4 Monica Seles, 7-5, 6-4, Monday. The 16-year-old Russian will next play second-ranked Lindsay Davenport.

Joining Ferreira in the round of 16 were Korda, Rusedski, No. 8 Alex Corretja, No. 10 Gustavo Kuerten, No. 18 Tim Henman, No. 22 Thomas Enqvist, No. 23 Fabrice Santoro, No. 25 Nicolas Kiefer and unseeded Steve Campbell, No. 105 in the world.

Sampras hadn't been put out this early at the Lipton since he went out in the second round in 1991. He since has won Lipton twice and twice been runner-up.

This is the first time in 12 months he has failed to reach at least the round of 16 of a hardcourt event and the loss, coupled with his round of 16 loss to Thomas Muster two weeks ago at Indian Wells, Calif., left Sampras completely bewildered.

"I'm not panicking here. I'm not playing all that well at the moment, but I've got a couple of big tournaments coming up -- the French and Wimbledon. This is not the way I wanted to end these two Super 9 events.

"You know, it's not like I feel I'm getting beat out there. I feel like I'm just not playing well."

A half-hour after the match, he was still incredulous that he could lose after winning 6-0 and having two match points.

"It's kind of a weird feeling. I felt like Rhode Island, being up six with a minute left and, all of a sudden, they're down. You feel like in your mind this match should be over."

Ferreira saved one match point and then watched Sampras blow the second. "He gave me the point. I didn't have anything to do with it," said Ferreira.

At 7-6 in the tiebreak, Sampras gagged again. He took Ferreira off the court on the backhand side and then but then choked a shot into the net.

Hingis had her first struggle of the tournament. She had lost only one game in her first two matches.

"Not all things were working today," she said. "Usually, you need a good match like this in a big tournament. But I'd rather not have one like this."

Sampras' loss left Andre Agassi in firm control of the top half of the draw. If he beats Albert Costa, he goes into the quarters against the winner of No. 6 Yevgeny Kafelnikov vs. Jeff Tarango.

"Sometimes," Sampras said, "you just don't play well. That's what happened today."

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