Roger Federer joins the reaction to the latest Nick Kyrgios controversy

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The USTA said in a statement that Lahyani had simply been checking on Kyrgios's condition, and to inform him that "if his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, that as chair umpire, he would need to take action".

Lahyani was heard on TV microphones telling Kyrgios: "I want to help you".

"I'm not sure it was encouragement", said Kyrgios after his win.

"But, as I said, I'm used to it because I've played there many times".

"I think he finds it hard to not do any of those tricks", the Swiss said. I don't care how fit you are, what you're used to, the humidity can really get to you. "It didn't help me at all".

Kyrgios was a set and 0-3 down to Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Court 17 when umpire Mohamed Lahyani lost patience with the under-performing 30th seed.

"I've seen your matches: you're great for tennis".

"It's not the umpire's role to go down from the chair".

Kyrgios wants to move on to and a match-up with arguably the game's greatest player is the ideal opportunity to refocus.

Kyrgios, meanwhile, twice bit back on Twitter at fellow player Donna Vekic for questioning Lahyani's conduct but deleted both messages and later apologised. "At the same time I will try to maintain the level of focus and performance and level of tennis that I've had today".

He will expect his good fortune to continue when he meets unseeded countryman Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round on Saturday, having won their last two meetings.

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'I haven't seen it, as I say.

Federer, who won the pair's other two matches on final-set tie-breaks, told ESPN that Kyrgios, who does not have a coach, needs more consistency to realise his potential.

Tournament referee Brian Earley released a statement seemingly supporting Lahyani, saying he only left his chair because of the noise, but the USTA, known to be unimpressed, was investigating the incident.

"The umpire doesn't need to talk to him".

Cilic - the 2014 champion - dashed into the third round with a ruthless 6-2 6-0 6-0 drubbing of Hubert Hurkacz to set up a showdown with in-form Australian youngster Alex de Minaur.

Kyrgios went on to complete a 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 6-0 victory, but Herbert was not impressed, suggesting he had been taken for a fool.

Three seeded men departed earlier, with No. 12 Pablo Carreno-Busta, a semifinalist in 2017, stopping in the fifth set of his match with a leg injury, while No. 14 Fabio Fognini lost to John Millman 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, and No. 23 Hyeon Chung was beaten by Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (5), 6-2, 6-3. I think this was not his job.

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

Kyrgios said the conversation didn't affect his play.

"It's a conversation, and a conversation can change your mindset". "I don't think he's a coach, he's an umpire". I don't have a coach, I haven't had a coach for years. It wasn't expected, or even allowed by a chair umpire, especially when on-court coaching isn't allowed at the ATP stage or at the majors. The faintest of whispers to a players box - if noticed by the umpire - will earn a warning and in all likeliness, a fine. Cirstea then served to force a third set, and was two points away from doing so at 30-15, but Sharapova broke there to start her match-ending run.

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