US Open: Federer slams umpire in Kyrgios victory

US Open: Federer slams umpire in Kyrgios victory

US Open: Federer slams umpire in Kyrgios victory

A freakish scene unfolded at the U.S. Open on Thursday during a second-round match between 30th-ranked Nick Kyrgios and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Trailing by a set and 2-0 in their second-round clash, Kyrgios barely attempted to return serve during the next game and sat disconsolately down in his chair to the sound of booing from the crowd.

Bouchard eventually made her way onto court, only to be bounced 6-4 6-3 at the hands of Marketa Vondrousova. "The only thing he can tell him is pay attention, because if you continue like this, I'm going to give you a warning", said the 27-year-old.

He was picked up by microphones saying things such as "This isn't you", and "I want to help you".

Plenty of others in the tennis world raised their eyebrows or flatly criticised Lahyani for his actions, including Rothenberg, who called it "insane" and called for Lahyani to be pulled from the match.

I don't know what to think. Kyrgios said he loves the interaction with fans, even when they're against him. "I got pissed off", said 2011 and 2015 champion Djokovic.

But when the trainer arrived and asked what Kyrgios needed treatment for, the Australian said: "I don't know, check my wrist or something". "You're just not ready".

However on this occasion the chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, took it upon himself to intervene at the change of ends.

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Federer, a five-time US Open champion, had steeled himself for the heat by changing up his routine he made an early trip to NY to prep his game in the sweltering sun.

I feel like David Warner and Nick Kyrgios are cut from the same cloth.

Kyrgios, though, insisted Lahyani's intervention wasn't the spark for his fightback and said he'd be upset if the respected official was sanctioned in any way.

"I'm not sure it was encouragement", said Kyrgios after his win.

It all seemed like an impromptu intervention for the mercurial Kyrgios, right out there on Court 17 at Flushing Meadows, and it raised questions about whether Lahyani overstepped his duties as someone who's primarily there to keep score and keep order. "He just said that it's not a good look", Kyrgios said about his chat with Lahyani. I wasn't really listening to him, but I knew it wasn't a good look.

From 0-3 down, Kyrgios broke his opponent back late on in the second set and drew level by clinching it in a tiebreak. He said he liked me.

Of course we have seen this from Kyrgios before, but it's what happened next that really caused controversy. "I don't think he's a coach, he's an umpire".

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

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