Henman and Nalbandian have words

Doesn’t it seem like things are getting a little tense on the tour lately?

Tim Henman has found himself embroiled in a battle of words with David Nalbandian after his third round defeat to the Argentine. Henman led 5-3 in the final set but eventually fell 2-6 6-2 5-7 after Nalbandian had labelled him “the worst rubbish there is”.

The former British number one was serving for the match at 5-4 after Nalbandian had already questioned a number of line calls and at 5-5 words were exchanged between the players, when Henman agreed that Nalbandian’s serve was in yet refused to give him the point.

“All this selling himself as a gentleman,” Nalbandian fumed.

“He was asked by the umpire he said he didn’t see the serve but then told me it was good. He wouldn’t give it to me.”

Henman - who has expressed doubts about Nalbandian’s attitude towards winning since the Argentine lost the Wimbledon final to Lleyton Hewitt in 2000 - was left stunned that someone would question his sportsmanship.

“He started questioning my sportsmanship, no-one has ever done that before,” Henman said.

“If we’re going to go down that road, there’s only one winner in that debate.” Eurosport

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