Federer in daytime action on U.S. Open day four

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

The tempestuous Australian appeared not to be trying when he trailed Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6, 0-3, nearly seeming to be deliberately avoiding a potential match-up against Roger Federer.

Cameras showed Lahyani coming out of his chair and approaching Kyrgios while the Australian was down 0-3 in the second set to Pierre-Hugues Herbert. He asked about Kyrgios's health.

The umpire's controversial "coaching" was savaged on social media, with fans furious about his perceived bias towards Kyrgios. "Conversations can change your mindset". "The only thing he can tell him is pay attention, because if you continue like this, I'm going to give you a warning", said the 27-year-old.

"That's why it won't happen again and everybody knows that". I think this was not his job.

Federer's draw gets incredibly hard from here on in, as he will now face Nick Kyrgios on Saturday.

He then broke in the third set as he started to build momentum and went on to win the contest 4-7 7-6 6-3 6-0.

Kyrgios twice bit back on Twitter at fellow player Donna Vekic for questioning Lahyani's conduct but deleted both messages and later apologised.

Plenty of others in the tennis world raised their eyebrows or flatly criticised Lahyani for his actions, including Rothenberg, who called it "insane" and called for Lahyani to be pulled from the match. "I want to help you", Lahyani said.

US Open: Federer slams umpire in Kyrgios victory
Federer in daytime action on U.S. Open day four

Trailing by a set and a break in the second set, Kyrgios fired barbs back at a crowd which seemed keen for him to get on with things and get off the court. I know what I was doing out there wasn't good. He's going to probably get suspended for this and not be able to do the big matches, which I think is unfair because Mohamed was trying to do something good for the sport. "I had the plan to go to Dubai first, where it's extremely hot".

"Layhani told Kyrgios that if he was feeling ill, that the tournament could provide medical help".

Seeking some sort of physical treatment, Kyrgios said: "Okay".

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.

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber kept her bid for a second US Open title on track, outlasting Sweden's Johanna Larsson 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Wozniacki, who won the Australian Open in January and is a two-time finalist in NY, is the third top-10 woman already out of the draw, including No. 1 Simona Halep.

"I was like, yeah everything is actually fine, I just wasn't feeling great", Kyrgios continued.

"I'm not happy with the way I lost concentration and composure but I managed to kind of regroup in the fourth".

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