Kyrgios sends bold five-set warning to Federer

Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios battled back from a set and break down to beat France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6 7-6 6-3 6-0 and reach a last 32 showdown with Roger Federer, but the defining moment came at the crucial juncture when he trailed 3-0 in the second set.

In a freakish scene that caused an instant stir on social media, Lahyani got off his chair with Kyrgios down a set and trailing 3-0 in the second to give the Australian a pep talk. Kyrgios asked Layhani to call the trainer, but the No. 30 seed received no treatment when the trainer arrived on the next changeover.

The USTA said in a statement that Lahyani had simply been checking on Kyrgios's condition, and to inform him that "if his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, that as chair umpire, he would need to take action".

Kyrgios contended that Lehyani wasn't giving him a pep talk and that the same thing happened to him in Shanghai.

"But I get what he was trying to do". Former World No. 1 Andy Murray too trolled Kyrgios for the exchange between him and the match umpire. "I know what I was doing out there wasn't good". "I don't think he's a coach, he's an umpire".

Lahyani was heard to tell Kyrgios "I want to help you". "I can't think of one".

Federer was crisp in a 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 win over Benoit Paire in and made it 18 of 18 lifetime in the second round of the US Open.

Kyrgios went on to win the second, third, and fourth sets to win the match. It was not just about, 'How are you feeling?' 'Oh, I'm not feeling so well.

'Knowing Mohamed, I really don't think that he meant to do it for any other reason but to really try to help Nick to understand that if he continues doing that, he might get, you know, fined or a penalty or whatever, or a warning. I'm not sure if that was encouragement.

"You never know what woudl have happened if [Lahyani] didn't go down [from] the chair and start talking to him", he said.

Of course we have seen this from Kyrgios before, but it's what happened next that really caused controversy. And don't expect another intercession on Kyrgios' behalf, an unamused Federer said. "(I) may be enjoying NY a little less, but that gives me, you know, the credibility to play better". It was a conversation and conversations change mindsets. "It didn't help me at all". It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire, for that matter, " Federer said. "I didn't listen to what they said".

Herbert blames himself for losing, but also believes Lahyani crossed a line.

Djokovic, the sixth seed, struggled badly during his first round clash with Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, dropping a set before rallying to win in four after spending time in an ice bath during the mandatory 10-minute heat break.

Chris Widmaier, a USTA spokesman, told the Associated Press on Friday that Lehyani's chat with Kyrgios went "beyond our protocol", but the umpire wasn't going to be sanctioned.

"I just lost it mentally", Djokovic said about his issues in the third set.



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