Umpire wrong in Kyrgios 'I want to help you' row, says Federer

Roger Federer savages umpire's Nick Kyrgios pep talk as world of tennis reacts in disbelief

A chair umpire at the U.S. Open appeared to give Nick Kyrgios words of encouragement after he stopped trying on his way to losing the first set of a match.

At which point Lahyani came down from his chair, an unusual move, apparently to urge Kyrgios to show more effort, and could be heard telling him: "I want to help you".

Nick Kyrgios was given a controversial mid-match pep talk by the umpire during his match against.

Kyrgios played down the incident, claiming Lahyani had merely said "he liked me" and that "he was just concerned with the way I was playing".

Later on Thursday, the U.S. Open put out a statement, explaining the interaction between Lahyani and Kyrgios.

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"It was a conversation, and coversations can change mentality".

'It didn't help me at all.

"That's why it won't happen again and everybody knows that".

Roger Federer will get his first taste of the oppressive conditions at the U.S. Open on Thursday when the Swiss faces Frenchman Benoit Paire in the second round on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

In other second-round matches, No. 6 seed Novak Djokovic wasted a match point in the third set, before going on to win 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 against Tennys Sandgren. Trailing by a set and 2-0, Kyrgios appeared to not really try to return Herbert's serve and sat disconsolately down in his chair for the change of ends.

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The Aussie ridiculed the notion that Lahyani had acted as a coach, mocking the umpire as, "Obviously an unbelievable tennis player ... you know he's achieved a lot in his tennis career ..."

"I would first check with my family", Federer said.

"He [Herbert] let me back into the second set really".

"I would say that is against the rules", Wilander said.

Kyrgios hauled himself back into the contest after Lahyani's approach, having looked utterly disinterested in the early stages.

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Asked how he would respond if the umpire in the next match does the same thing as Lahyani, Federer said: "That won't happen".

Kyrgios said: "For sure, to win three sets off Federer you have to play some pretty consistent tennis". Both could be on tap at the US Open: Federer needed a few swigs of water on another steamy day at the Open, and he played like a former champion set to uncork a celebratory bottle of bubbly. "I don't go out at all", said the 21-year-old who will next face compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber.

It was, to be sure, the most conversation-worthy topic on Day 4 at Flushing Meadows, where the most notable result was No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki's 6-4, 6-2 loss to Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine at night.

"I was like: 'Yeah everything is fine.' I just wasn't feeling great". "I'm not happy with the way I lost that concentration and composure there".

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