Paes-Bhupathi's brawl with opponent averted

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Melbourne, Jan 22: Match officials had to step in before things got bad when an ugly confrontation broke out at the end of the men's double match between Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Juan Monaco, Feliciano Lopez.

The Indian pair of Paes and Bhupathi beat the Argentine and Spanish pair of Monaco and Lopez 7-6 (7-2), 6-4. But it was Paes' constant verbal bickering that got into the nerves of the opponents. Right after the match they decided to confront the Indian pair. 

The conversation appeared to turn ugly forcing the officials to intervene and separate the players.

Lopez said, "We were playing, match was quiet and one of the players (Paes), he was trying to provoke us all the time," and added, "I know it's the style he been using the past 20 years. But that's OK. Nothing else."

He went on to say, "At one point, we were a little bit tired of the style he was using on the court and that's all what happened... We don't want to make a big story about something that happened."

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