Video: In last-ditch effort, Stepanek shows Djokovic his backside
Radek Stepanek had already fallen behind. The Australian Open's No. 31-seeded player, a serve-and-volley artist by trade, faced a 6-4, 4-3 deficit against No. 1 Novak Djokovic when he popped up a volley that lingered in the air about as long as it took you to read this sentence. Djokovic slapped the ball cross-court for a winner to make it 5-3 in the second set, but not before the Czech put on a bit of display:
Stepanek made himself the butt of the joke in this moment, and in the match on the whole, won by Djokovic in straight sets. To his credit, Stepanek seemed resigned to his fate and didn't appear to mean any real slight by it. In turn, Djokovic cracked a smile about the showing of the posterior and didn't seem riled by it at all.
No word yet on how the Djoker's fellow Serb, Janko Tipsarevic felt about the spectacle.
And don't look now—okay, do—but Djokovic himself did the same once before, to none less than Roger Federer at the 2009 U.S. Open. Watch that here, and props to readers Nothernboy and Norrin Radd in the comment thread below for pointing it out:
—Jonathan Scott (@jonscott9)