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Moment Aussie star Jordan Thompson clashes with US Open opponent – with referee forced to take action

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Moment Aussie star Jordan Thompson goes toe to toe with his opponent in fiery clash at US Open – as referee is forced to take action before set-to gets worse

  • Aussie star Jordan Thompson lost his composure in the second round of the US Open
  • Thompson, 28, thought Daniel Elahi Galan was taking too long with his service games
  • Pair exchanged words at the net, and the Colombian eventually won in five sets

The fiery side of Australian tennis star Jordan Thompson was on full display at the US Open on Thursday.

Sydney raised Thompson, 28, felt his second-round opponent Daniel Elahi Galan was taking too long during his service games – and told him so bluntly.

Galan, who had the lion’s share of support in Flushing Meadows, didn’t appreciate the “feedback” – with the pair engaged in a war of words early in the fourth set.

Thompson was booed by parts of the crowd who felt he had crossed a line.

Channel Nine commentator Todd Woodbridge said it was clear that Galan had stepped into Thompson’s skin.

“There’s a bit of agro, a bit of tension between the boys,” the Australian doppelganger said wonderfully.

The fiery side of Australian tennis star Jordan Thompson was on full display at the US Open on Thursday (yellow)

Thompson, 28, thought Daniel Elahi Galan, his second-round opponent, was taking too long during his service games — and bluntly told him on the track

Thompson, 28, thought Daniel Elahi Galan, his second-round opponent, was taking too long during his service games — and bluntly told him on the track

“I think it has to do with the time Galan takes. ‘[Thompson is] never one who flinches when on the track.’

As the situation boiled over, both players were warned to keep their cool during a tense change of ends.

Tennis fans were stunned by the heated scenes on the court, with someone on Twitter suggesting a ‘punch-up’ was on the way.

The Colombian – who stunned fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round – finally had the last laugh and won in five sets.

Elsewhere, Alex De Minaur exacted revenge on Chilean Cristian Garin to reach the last 32 in New York for the fourth time in five visits.

“I’m very happy with my level, but probably happiest with how I was mentally,” he said after the game.

The Colombian - who stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas in fourth in the first round - finally had the last laugh at Thompson and won in five sets

The Colombian – who stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas in fourth in the first round – finally had the last laugh at Thompson and won in five sets

Thompson may regret his collapse for a long time to come - he was two sets ahead of one before losing control

Thompson may regret his collapse for a long time to come – he was two sets ahead of one before losing control

“That’s what I’m so proud of, that I could bounce back and not let it affect me.

“I could have easily started thinking about what happened at Wimbledon.

“But I knuckled a little bit, holding on to my weapons and my tactics and what I wanted to do. I played great tennis to top it off.’

At the All England Club earlier this year, Garin saved a match point and fought back from two sets to defeat a shattered de Minaur in the fourth round.

Nick Kyrgios, seeded 23rd, won in four sets against Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi, while Ajla Tomljanović recovered from a slow start in women’s singles to defeat Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina.

Tomljanović then faces a daunting assignment in outgoing champion Serena Williams, who is considered by many to be the greatest women’s tennis player of all time.

The 40-year-old has confirmed that this will be her sporting swan song, and the home crowd is sure to cheer on every point.

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