I'm sure Sampras respected him all the more for it. However, I do remember at one point, Courier shouted over, "Hey, Pete, we don't have to do this today. We can do it another day."
Yes, he did and he was smiling when he said that and Apollo was referring to that in which I'd replied (at the beginning of my post) that I didn't think Jim was being sarcastic or that Pete took it in that way, but it was meant to lighten the situation up and offer help as well.
As to Courier not giving Sampras an inch, I meant that, to them it was still a game, an important match and they both remained professional despite the emotional breakdown. This is very different than Andy vs Nieminen match at RG, where everyone thought Andy was faking his injury and it threw him off. As I see it, it would be Nieminen’s discredit if he was influenced by the situation, because Andy himself has faced similar situations (Simon this year, Nole at Cincy last year etc,) and he took total advantage of it and I personally see nothing wrong with it. You can be compassionate towards your opponents, but no reason to give the match away because of it. And I thought Jim did exactly that and I believe Pete would have done the same as did Andy.