Tipsarevic says Stepanek gave him the finger

by: Matt Cronin April 07, 2012

Janko Tipsarevic accused Radek Stepanek of giving him the middle finger and calling him an ugly name after the Serb defeated the Czech in a gripping five-hour, five-set Davis Cup win in Prague. After  a controversial handshake, Tipsarevic charged at Stepanek and had to be pulled back by Serbian captain Bogdan Obradovic 


"I would just like all of you to know what kind of person is Radek Stepanek," Tipsarevic  told reporters. "I have this thing that I always believe the best in people, and even though players are telling that he can be not so nice on the court, I never believed it even though I played him three times. As you can see my behavior on the court was, I think, fair enough. When he fell, I crossed the net to see if he needs help. I was always letting him to pass the net first. I even two times admitted a ball (was in) that was questionable After five hours and 10 minutes instead of shaking my hand, he gave me he the middle finger and told me I am stinking something bad, it's a swear word. [I] can understand that somebody like him can be angry after losing a match, especially after having so many chances [Stepanek had three match points]. But doing this? Not that I would never invent something like this. Unbelievable. I never, ever, ever, thought that I would experience this, especially because of my behavior on court. I'm not saying I'm a golden boy, the Stefan Edberg of men's tennis, but at least I know what is right and what is not right. There is just one word for this: it is pathetic. Nothing else."


Tipsarevic later tweeted a picture of their handshake at net where it appears that Stepanek might have been giving him the finger and tweeted that: "It really is a shame that a great tennis nation like CZE is represented by someone like him."


Stepanek said that they shook hands normally.


Despite the hard-fought win, Tipsarevic told Davis Cup.com that it was  "One of my worst performances ever. I'd like to thank my captain and teammates because I played horrible today. I was so friggin' tight it was ridiculous."


Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic told the AP that Stepanek is  "the least likable guy on the tour, especially on the court."


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