Swiss maestro Roger Federer has slammed chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani for his role in Nick Kyrgios' controversial second round victory, with the 20-time grand slam victor making it clear he won't tolerate anything of the like in his blockbuster third-round match against the Aussie.
Australian Nick Kyrgios had lost 3-0 to, Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second set of their match at Flushing Meadows, but battled back to defeat the Frenchman after the Umpire 's freaky intervention.
The report also stated that television microphones were unable to pick up the entire exchange, but Lahyani was heard saying: "I want to help you, I know this is not you".
Swedish official Mohamed Lahyani is already under fire for his unprecedented intervention but Kyrgios rolls on after pulling off a drama-charged 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-0 comeback win over Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The Australian was not giving forth his best effort and looked to be struggling physically.
Meanwhile, WTA player Donna Vekic saw the video of Lahyani talking to Kyrgios on Thursday, reposted it and said: "Didn't know umpires were allowed to give pep talks".
Kyrgios shrugged off the entire episode as nothing new but the sight of an umpire offering unsolicited advice was uncomfortable enough that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) chose to investigate the incident.
The trials and tribulations of Nick Kyrgios took another turn at the US Open as he moved into the third round but only after freaky intervention from the chair umpire. "I've seen your matches: you're great for tennis".
Kyrgios said: "I'm not sure it was encouragement".
At 2-5 down, Kyrgios spent the changeover slumped in his chair with his arms behind his head, biting on a towel and fidgeting with his eyebrows as the second round clash appeared to be slipping away from him. "He just said that it's not a good look", Kyrgios said about his chat with Lahyani. But I get what he was trying to do. He said he liked me - I don't know if that's encouragement. He said: "I don't really realise I think".
"It's different", Federer said of playing the unpredictable Paire, who was at times brilliant but still managed 47 unforced errors and 11 double faults in the two-hour affair. He (Kyrgios) behaves the way he behaves. I don t care what he said. "He (Kyrgios) behaves the way he behaves and then you as an umpire take decision on the chair - do you like it, or you don't". It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire for that matter. From I what heard, knowing Mohamed, I think he has done it in a friendly way. "I think everybody knows that".
"But you don't go speak like that". He should not go down off his chair and reason with Nick.
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.
"Again, I understand as well why people are speculating that should not happen".