Kyrgios had lost the opening set and was trailing 3-0 in the second against Pierre-Hugues Herbert after twice deciding against returning serves when Lahyani left his chair to talk to him, saying: "I want to help you".
The 23-year-old stormed back to win the match, claiming 19 of the next 25 games and running out a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-0 victor to set up a third-round tie with Roger Federer. "I'm not sure if that was encouragement", said the Australian who nevertheless won 19 of the last 25 games following Lahyani's unprecedented intervention. I know what I was doing out there wasn't good. I really like him as a human.(but) he did something he shouldn't have.
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 freakish intervention. "Finally I do", said Zverev, who will face Philipp Kohlschreiber. I just can tell you from that point Nick was playing much better. Their first ever meeting at the Madrid Masters in 2015 had all three sets go into tie-breakers to give Kyrgios his only win.
"The umpire should have given Nick Kyrgios a warning for unsportsmanlike behaviour because he's not trying and it's bad for the sport but in no chance can the chair umpire go down and have a sort of psychology session with one of the players".
It was then that Lahyani climbed down from his chair at the changeover and advised Kyrgios to show more interest. But I understand what he was trying to do.
The outcome of Federer vs. Kyrgios might very well have been decided in the very early going, long before Federer's "How did he do that?!" trick shot in the third set.
'I haven't seen it, as I say.
New York Times tennis correspondent Ben Rothenberg, who has been feuding with Kyrgios on Twitter this week, wanted the umpire immediately pulled from the match.
"Lahyani was concerned that Kyrgios might need medical attention". Not only did Kyrgios turn around and win the second set following Lahyani's pep talk, he also won the next two sets (and in pretty dominant fashion) to advance to the third round.
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Kyrgios replied: "Don't be salty that you are out of the US Open", he tweeted, though the Australian subsequently deleted the tweets.
Bouchard eventually made her way onto court, only to be bounced 6-4 6-3 at the hands of Marketa Vondrousova.
The Serbian rejected the suggestion in his post-match media conference that the noise from the crowd had played a role in him surprisingly dropping a set, though.
"I think Nick today could be an wonderful player".
"He wasn't coaching me at all". "Haha IRONIC coming from someone who gets on court coaching every week of the year and also out of the US Open", he responded.
"It was a conversation, and coversations can change mentality".
Others have defended both the umpire and the player involved.
On Friday, a US Open statement deemed that Lahyani's conduct "went beyond protocol" and, while he will officiate during the rest of the tournament, his performance will continue to be evaluated.
Kyrgios said the conversation didn't affect his play. "Obviously it's understandable. A chair umpire should be neutral", Djokovic told reporters.