Holger Rune rips into Stan Wawrinka in latest drama at Indian Wells

The three-time grand slam champion was confronted at the net by the teen.

Stan Wawrinka and Holger Rune speak at the net at Indian Wells.
The feud between Stan Wawrinka (pictured left) and Danish teen Holger Rune (pictured right) continued at Indian Wells when the 19-year-old called out the veteran at the net. (Images: @TennisTV)

The feud between fan-favourite Stan Wawrinka and Holger Rune has resurfaced after the three-time grand slam winner won a fiery duel at Indian Wells. Rune pushed the veteran all the way in a grudge match from last year, but the Swiss player was able to lift and advance after a 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 battle.

However, the tension from Wawrinka's comments at the net when Rune won in Paris last year were dug up when the 19-year-old Danish tennis prodigy called him out. Last year, footage appeared to pick up the Swiss champ's warning Rune about his behaviour on tour.

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"My advice to you is that you stop acting like a baby on the court," Wawrinka apparently said. Rune was clearly taken aback at the time and never addressed the comments.

This was the first time the pair met since the frosty exchange and Rune clearly hadn't forgotten Wawrinka's comments when he lost. After the pair shook hands at Indian Wells, Rune called out Wawrinka in a reversal of fortune.

Wawrinka appeared to ask Rune: "Are you okay?" when the duo shook hands. However, Rune wasn't impressed and was clearly harbouring resentment from their last meeting.

"Got nothing to say now?" Rune said at the net. Wawrinka shook the chair umpire's hand, before responding: "What you want me to say?"

Rune quickly packed his bags and exited court. However, the commentator called out Rune for his words.

"Well, unnecessary from Holger Rune at the net," he said. The tennis world was quick to react to the frosty exchange, which was a talking point before the match had even started.

Many claimed Rune needed to show more respect to Wawrinka, considering he is a great of the game and still on the ATP tour. Others felt Rune had the right to question Wawrinka, considering the 38-year-old did the same to him after his defeat last year.

The Danish prospect has certainly ruffled some feathers during his short time on the ATP Tour, but in their match last year, the teen didn't appear to be showing any unusual behaviour against Wawrinka. However, Rune has sparked controversy in the past, which included in an encounter at Roland Garros against Casper Ruud.

The Dane was condemned for barely shaking his opponent's hand after the match, and apparently shouting at his mother so she would leave the stands during the match. Wawrinka will now go on to play either Jannik Sinner or Adrian Mannarino in the next round.

Stan Wawrinka serves at Indian Wells.
Stan Wawrinka (pictured) defeated Holger Rune at Indian Wells. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Felix Auger-Aliassime cops hit during Indian Wells match

Elsewhere at Indian Wells, Canadian player Felix Auger-Aliassime accidentally hit himself in the chin with his racquet and required stitches in unusual scenes. Auger-Aliassime will be looking to run deep into the ATP 1000 event in the warm conditions after defeating Francisco Cerundolo 7-5, 6-4.

The Canadian got off to a brilliant start in the first set as he jumped to a 2-0 lead. However, disaster struck when the 22-year-old copped some friendly-fire and clipped himself on the chin when returning Cerundolo's serve.

Auger-Aliassime was bleeding from the chin and needed immediate assistance as he returned to the bench and was forced to receive stitches. However, despite the painful interruption, Auger-Aliassime remained steadfast and held onto to take the first set.

The Canadian stepped it up in the second and played more aggressive tennis. Despite failing to serve out the match the first-time, the No.8 seed converted his match points and was able to cement his spot in the fourth round of the ATP 1000 event.

While many were impressed with the Canadian's front-foot tennis, the bizarre sequence of receiving stitches certainly caught the attention of many. Rafa Nadal famously hit himself in the nose at the US Open last year - and needed a short break - but didn't need stitches.

Tennis reporter Jose Morgado claimed he had never seen a player receive stitches during a match. Others joked that they had also been in a similar spot to Auger-Aliassime after accidentally hitting themselves while playing tennis.

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