Seeing Andre Agassi hop the net with hand extended -- and hearing consoling words from a friend who again has inflicted a defeat -- is becoming all too familiar for Michael Chang. Four times Chang and Agassi have met as professionals and four times Agassi has won with little worry.

Their latest meeting, last night in the semifinals of the Sovran Bank Classic, was really no different than the previous three. Although Agassi sometimes allows lesser players to play him closely, he allowed Chang no such opportunities, routing his friend, 6-3, 6-1, to advance to his fifth final of the year.

"For me, it's kind of frustrating against him," said Chang, 18. "He plays some of the other guys and wins 7-6 or 7-5. Then he beats me 3 and 1.

"It kind of doesn't make sense. I think for some reason he gets psyched up to play me. Every time I play him, I'm always having to play catch-up. I never have a good lead."

Actually, Chang broke Agassi's serve in the first game of the match, but couldn't sustain his game. Agassi was even more dominant last night than he was in victories over Chang in the 1988 Tournament of Champions, 1988 U.S. Open and last month in the quarterfinals of the French Open.

"The first few times I played Mike, it was really draining," Agassi said. "But I've played him enough now that I know what to expect.

"When you play someone like Mike, you have to raise your game and hope you play well. The scores might have been one-sided, and even some of the points were, but if I wasn't playing that way it might have been different." . . .

Chang often is portrayed as the shy, unassuming opposite of Agassi, but he is more than pleased with his new Reebok commercial that has been shown repeatedly during recent tennis telecasts.

To promote its newest tennis shoe, "The Pump," Chang is pitted against an ominous row of ball machines on an isolated court. When the firing squad runs out of ammunition, Chang struts off the court twirling his racket, each of the balls resting on the other side of the net.

"I think they did a great job with it," said Chang, who said he spent 16 hours making the commercial. "I personally like it better than the {Agassi and John McEnroe} Nike commercials."

Doubles Final Is Set

In quarterfinal doubles matches played indoors at Aspen Hill Racquet Club, unseeded Kent Kinnear and Brad Pearce defeated the third seeds, Scott Davis and David Pate, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Kinnear and Pearce will play top-seeded Jorge Lozano and Todd Witsken today at 12:30 for a berth in the final against Canada's Grant Connell and Glenn Michibata.

Cahill and Kratzmann took Lozano and Witsken well into the night before losing, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. In a semifinal played at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, Connell and Michibata defeated two-time Wimbledon champions Ken Flach and Robert Seguso, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. . . .

Evening ticket holders were allowed to watch the conclusion of the Brad Gilbert-Jim Grabb semifinal with one stipulation: afternoon ticket holders had seat priority, preventing evening ticket-holders from sitting in their assigned seats until after the Gilbert-Grabb match.