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Umpire Mo Lahyani appeared to give a struggling Nick Kyrgios a pep talk at the U.S. Open on Thursday, sparking a controversy an infuriating fellow players at Flushing Meadows.

"First of all, I'm upset against me because I should have finished the second set".

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

Chair umpires are never made available to the media, but tournament referee Brian Earley said Lahyani explained umpire Mohamed Lahyani left his perch "to make sure he could communicate effectively" with Kyrgios in a noisy arena.

According to tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg, Lahyani could be heard saying things like "I want to help you", "You're great for tennis", and "I know this is not you". I know what I was doing out there wasn't good. "But I get what he was trying to do".

Kyrgios asked Layhani to call the trainer, but the No. 30 seed received no treatment when the trainer arrived on the next changeover.

Herbert was not impressed by the intervention from Lahyani, as he offered up these comments following a match that appeared to turn after the umpire spoke to Kyrgios.

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"This was not his job", Herbert said, adding that he thinks Lahyani should be sanctioned in some way.

"I definitely know that I won't be the favourite, the crowd favourite here".

This isn't exactly a new issue for Kyrgios, who has a reputation of being somewhat of a headcase who has issues with effort and focus.

"He let me back into the second set", Kyrgios said, presumably referring to Herbert. I wasn't really listening to him, but I knew it wasn't a good look. "I don't go out at all", said the 21-year-old who will next face compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber. "I can't think of one", Ings tweeted.

Federer himself weighed into the debate by taking aim at the umpire after his straight sets win over Frenchman Benoit Paire in the second round.

What the fans come to see at a Kyrgios match, in other words: The good, the bad and the curious. I didn't listen to what they said.

Even before the match had finished tournament officials were launching an investigation into the conduct of the Swedish umpire, looking at whether he had breached the rules governing impartial conduct.

Paire recovered from 4-2 in the first set on Arthur Ashe Stadium to lead 5-4 but once Federer reeled off the next three games, the writing was on the wall for the bearded French player.


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