Federer and Djokovic earn third round spots

Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios turned the match around after the interaction, dropping just six more games as he triumphed, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 6-0, to set up a showdown with Roger Federer in the third round.

Mohamed Lahyani, one of the most well-known tennis umpires, climbed down from his chair and held a conversation with Kyrgios after he went down 3-0 in the first set of the second-round match.

"I'm not sure it was encouragement".

"I want to help you", Lahyani could be heard telling Kyrgios from TV microphones, "I know this is not you". I don't care how fit you are, what you're used to, the humidity can really get to you.

Novak Djokovic has defended the actions of Mohamed Lahyani after the umpire appeared to give Nick Kyrgios a pep talk during his US Open second round win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert. "I changed plans and said, 'Let's go early to America and prepare over here in the conditions that I'm actually going to see during the Open'". "I've seen your matches: you're great for tennis ..."

His opponent Herbert called out the umpire, saying: "I had the feeling [Kyrgios] was not giving 100 percent [before the incident], not focused".

The second seeded Federer beat Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets in his opening match in Tuesday's evening session and spoke about how tough it has been to adjust to the weather this year.

Many argued whether Lahyani was allowed to do something like that.

"But I get what he was trying to do".

He will expect his good fortune to continue when he meets unseeded countryman Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round on Saturday, having won their last two meetings.

"I think every major has its pros and cons, I guess", he said.

"But everybody who knows Mohamed knows as well he's quite different from the others".

"Lahyani was concerned that Kyrgios might need medical attention", it said.

"He (Lahyani) came out of his chair because of the noise levels at the stadium to make sure he could communicate effectively with Kyrgios".

"The umpire doesn't have to talk to him at all".

And there is a odd hypocrisy in the broader flagellation of Kyrgios, one led by the ravenous Australian media corps but echoed globally.

Kohlschreiber wore down the West Australian 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 6-2 6-0 with the extreme heat rule again in play for the third day running at Flushing Meadows. Kyrgios retired from that match down two sets to none.

"It's not the umpire's role to go down from the chair". "I don't know what to think", he said after reviewing the footage.

"It's a conversation, and a conversation can change your mindset".

Federer, who plays Kyrgios in round three, was also asked about the incident during an interview, and said Lahyani's actions stepped over the line. We will never know. I mean, the umpire in Shanghai didn't cop any backlash. "I don't go out at all", said the 21-year-old who will next face compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber.

"After seeing the video I am angry against the umpire", Herbert said.

He then tweeted: "I shouldn't have tweeted so quickly after the match".

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