Aussie tennis star Jordan Thompson has confronted opponent Daniel Elahi Galan in an ugly mid-match altercation at the US Open.
Thompson and Galan were locked in a tight battle in the third set at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday when the pair engaged in a fiery exchange at the net.
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Thompson walked towards the net when Galan was about to serve, saying something to his Colombian opponent.
Galan then met Thompson at the net to continue the argument as things threatened to boil over.
Channel Nine commentator Todd Woodbridge suggested the argument was around the amount of time Galan was taking between serves.
"There's a little bit of agro, a bit of tension between the boys," the Aussie great said.
"I think it's got to do with the time that Galan is taking.
[Thompson is] never one to back down when he's out on court."
The chair umpire could then be seen warning both players to keep their cool during a change of ends.
Fans were left rather taken aback by the strange scenes.
Was gonna say lol wtf is going on.
— Gaz 🛥⚓️ (@SunbeaM_GSW) August 31, 2022
Not sure. They just keep going back to it and showing the aggression with Galan. Lots of words and getting very close to each other at the next mouthing off.
— Maree Edwards (@MareeEdwards4) August 31, 2022
Unfortunately for Thompson the Aussie star went down in a five-set battle, losing 3-6 6-2 6-3 4-6 3-6.
Alex de Minaur gets revenge in US Open victory
Alex de Minaur earlier showcased his ruthless streak in dishing out some cold-blooded revenge and moving the third round in New York.
De Minaur disposed of Chilean Cristian Garin 6-3 6-0 4-6 6-2 on Wednesday to power into the last 32 at Flushing Meadows for the fourth time in five visits.
Garin saved a match point and battled back from two sets to love down to beat de Minaur in the fourth round at Wimbledon earlier this year - and the Australian No.1 hadn't forgotten.
That crushing defeat at the All England Club was among the most despairing of de Minaur's career and the 18th seed readily admitted this week he was eyeing revenge in New York.
De Minaur was intent from the outset of the return bout to set the record straight on Wednesday.
From 3-3 in the opening set, the Aussie urned the screws to reel off nine games straight to take a stranglehold on the match.
He had to quickly regroup after dropping four consecutive games to concede the third set, but that only made his victory more satisfying as he exorcised the demons of Wimbledon with a steely fourth set.
"I'm very happy with my level, but probably the happiest with how I was mentally. That, for me, was very important coming into the match and how I dealt with the circumstances," de Minaur said.
"Yeah, happy to get through another match. That's what I'm so proud of, that I was able to bounce back and not let it affect me.
"I easily could have started thinking about what happened in Wimby, being two sets to love up and kind of letting that one escape away from me.
"But I kind of knuckled down, stuck to my weapons and my tactics and what I wanted to do. I was able to go on top on the third and play some great tennis to finish it off."
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