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Fiery Italian stars almost come to blows in a heated confrontation at the Australian Open

Two Italian tennis stars have faced off in a fiery confrontation after their Australian Open showdown.

Fabio Fognini and Salvatore Caruso came close to trading blows in a heated exchange and had to be physically separated by officials following their thrilling five set epic at Melbourne Park.

The drama unfolded on the court moments after the match as they came face to face at the net.

The pair exchanged a brief handshake before things quickly erupted into an angry war of words over the net

Fabio Fognini (left) and Salvatore Caruso (right) had to be separated by a match official following their Australian Open showdown.

Fabio Fognini (left) and Salvatore Caruso (right) had to be separated by a match official following their Australian Open showdown.

Fabio Fognini (left) and Salvatore Caruso (right) had to be separated by a match official following their Australian Open showdown.

The altercation continued for several minutes as the pair returned to their seat as the pair continued to rant at each other in Italian

The players wagged their fingers and gestured angrily at each other as their argument lasted for several minutes.

The two had to be separated by the supervisor as Caruso collected his gear and 

The confrontation overshadowed Fognini’s 4-6 6-2 2-6 6-3 7-6(12) win to progress to the third round.

More to come. 

Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News

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