Originally Posted by Datacipher
First, the quote about Rafter was simply due to repeated questioning about Rafter. It irritated Pete that suddenly a guy with one slam is all reporters were asking him about. Nevertheless, it was a a slip by Sampras. However, I think, if anything, Sampras was overly generous to his opponents.
I can tell you that Todd Woodbridge (who wrote as much in his autobiography), Pat Rafter, Mark Woodforde, Jason Stoltenberg, Mark Philippouissis and the rest of the Australian players of his era DID NOT consider Pete to be anything resembling generous to his opponents. On the contrary, they considered him to be an 'okay bloke' but a bit 'up himself'.