"To be atomized by Sampras: a dream !"
Arnaud said in "l'equipe", today:
"I often said that it would worry that Sampras retired before I have the occasion to play against him...and, unfortunatly, now it's too late.
Today, I say to myself, that in 50 years, when I will say to my grandchildren, with a quavering voice, " I played tennis when I was young", their first question will be "u play against Pete Sampras ?"...when I"ll answer "no", they won't belive that I played tennis.
Because Sampras, it will be written in all books that I mixed up with him during 5 years, without never have played him one only time.
It's not easy to classify him in my hierarchy of the greatest tennismen, but for me, there are 2 players in the top: Sampras and Agassi [...]
As a player, he was often incredible, I remember of a monstruous match, which marked me: the final of us open, the last year, against Agassi.
BUt, even if Sampras was formidable, he didn't be part of the players that I loved to watch to play.
Therefore, I really regret not have played him one only time. If I could play him, and choose the surface , I believe that I would choose...grass ! ...TO BE ATOMIZED BY SAMPRAS ON THE CENTRE COURT IN WIMBLEDON, IT CAN BE A DREAM, NO ?"
Arnaud has really big ambitions...but, as said Seb, "t'es fou mais c'est pour ça qu'on t'aime" !