Kyrgios defends umpire for controversial pep talk during win

Kyrgios triumphs over Herbert after umpire controversy

Nick Kyrgios claimed umpire Mohamed Lahyani's controversial pep talk at the U.S. Open had no impact on his improvement in his come-from-behind victory over Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Nick Kyrgios was down in the dumps until the second-set pep talk.

"Yeah, for sure, to win three sets off Federer, you have to play some pretty consistent tennis". "I've seen your matches: you're great for tennis".

Thursday's freakish scenes prompted an outcry on social media, with the umpire criticised for his role in how events panned out.

The Australian said: "I'm not sure it was encouragement. I think everybody knows that". He just said that it's not a good look. Oh, I'm not feeling so well.' Go back up to the chair. "This isn't you. I know that". I really like him as a human.(but) he did something he shouldn't have. "It didn't help me at all".

"Lahyani was concerned that Kyrgios might need medical attention", said tournament referee Brian Earley.

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Vekic's boyfriend Stan Wawrinka then joined in, posting a picture on Twitter accompanied by the hashtag #shhh.

"I haven't seen it, as I say". Not even that I lost, but just game-wise. I was a little bit surprised. "I'm going to defend an umpire", McEnroe said.

"On court I tried to focus on myself".

"I understand why people, maybe Herbert, is upset because that has happened".

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.

"He can tell him from the chair, he doesn't need to go down". From I what heard, knowing Mohamed, I think he has done it in a friendly way.

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For nearly a minute the animated Lahyani gestured and pleaded with the stone-faced Kyrgios and the Swedish umpire could be heard telling him: "'I'm trying to help you".

"Lahyani's conduct during Thursday's second-round match involving Nick Kyrgios and Pierre-Hugues Herbert went beyond protocol", the U.S. Open said in a statement. We all hear on the video what the umpire said to Nick overpassing (overstepping) his functions. "(To) Err is human but I still wait for explanations".

Germany's Zverev had suffered second-round defeats in his past two US Open appearances but the world number four avoided another early exit by downing Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-4 6-2. "It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire, for that matter", Federer said.

"It's not the umpire's role to go down from the chair", he said. You never know what would have happened if Mohamed didn't go down off the chair and started talking to him. He was there for too long.

Kyrgios' opponent was also asked about events on Court 17 and Herbert admitted that the Aussie was a changed man after the conversation while insisting he should have been able to close out the set himself.

The Swiss star defeated Kyrgios on grass in the Stuttgart final in June after also winning in the Miami semi-finals in 2017.

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"This was always the Grand Slam that I didn't play my best ever".

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