Flavio Cipolla Shows No Class After Defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka

R LSenior Analyst IAugust 31, 2008

Number 10 seed, Stanislas Wawrinka fought back to defeat Flavio Cipolla in five sets (5-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4) after dropping the opening two. Stan the man displayed a tremendous effort, and is doing his part to show the world that Roger Federer isn't Switzerland's only great talent in tennis.

Swallowing a defeat like this is never easy, but Cipolla did something I'd never seen after a match. With Wawrinka waiting at the net to shake hands, the Italian shared some words and didn't put his hand out. The fans reacted with plenty of boos—rightfully so.

Apparently the conversation at net went as follows:

"You don't want to shake my hand?" Wawrinka asked Cipolla.

"No, of course not," Cipolla replied. "I don't shake your hand."

Cipolla was cramping during the game, and claims that Wawrinka was poking fun at his injury. The Swiss didn't deny this. However, this isn't the first time a player has been mocked by his opponent, and refusing to shake hands shows even less class.

Wawrinka also claimed that his opponent was constantly limping and then playing well when it suited him.

"For me it's not fair to do that," he said, "to be like, 'Oh, I cannot play anymore' and after that you are running around. That is why I was a little bit (ticked)."

Cipolla also complained that Stan yelled 'Come on' during one of his double faults. Ok, and? The guy came back for a hard fought victory, so there's obviously going to be some emotion shown.

Regardless, Wawrinka will now play number six seed, Andy Murray, in the round of 16. Murray also came back to win a five-set thriller in his third round match. It should be a good one.

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