McEnroe: Don't penalise umpire for Kyrgios pep talk

Kyrgios triumphs over Herbert after umpire controversy

Kyrgios would lose just six games thereafter as he progressed 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 6-0 to set up a third-round tie with five-time champion Roger Federer.

Kyrgios said: "I'm not sure it was encouragement".

Soon after Lahyani's intervention, Kyrgios began to play with more intensity. "I know this is not you". "And for this guy to get penalised for something where he was actually trying to do something that would be good for the game, I don't want him to be penalised for that".

Kyrgios maintains there was no "coaching" involved, while the USTA has since cleared Lahyani of any major wrongdoing, saying the Swede went "beyond protocol" but will continue to umpire at the tournament. "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 know this is not you. "He was just concerned with how I was playing".

That was the first of three classic encounters that have all been decided in third-set tiebreakers.

Djokovic revealed he had not seen the incident prior to his second-round match against Tennys Sandgren but, while having some sympathy for Herbert, he suggested the umpire was just acting in the best interests of the sport.

As he posted a farewell message to NY on Instagram, Murray added: "I'm off to get a health check as apparently I've started imagining things".

Kyrgios went on to win the second, third, and fourth sets to win the match.

"The same thing happened to me in Shanghai, before", Kyrgios said.

During an occasionally confrontational and sarcastic exchange with reporters after the match, Kyrgios laughed at the suggestion that he had received coaching or a pep talk from Lahyani.

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"Didn't know umpires were allowed to give pep talks", Vekic wrote.

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

Bouchard eventually made her way onto court, only to be bounced 6-4 6-3 at the hands of Marketa Vondrousova.

De Minaur took the opening two sets, including a bagel in the second, before Tiafoe fought back to make it 2-1. It was a conversation and conversations change mindsets.

"I think we both really played on a really high level from the first point", said 2016 champion Kerber who had led by a set and 5-2 at one stage. From the coach, to the physio to maybe even a counsellor, these are the people you hire to get the best out of you.

Kyrgios said the conversation didn't affect his play.

While Lahyani found some support in tennis legend John McEnroe, the vast majority of reaction to an extraordinary moment when the experienced umpire got down from his chair to urge a struggling Kyrgios to start trying was scathing.

Asked why he thinks the chair umpire felt the urge to do that, Herbert said: "I think Mohamed, he's actually a really good umpire".

"I'm here to do something I've never done in 40 years in tennis, I'm going to defend this umpire", McEnroe said on ESPN.

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