Kyrgios listens to umpire Lahyani's advice and secures win over Herbert

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In a freaky scene that caused an instant stir on social media, Lahyani got off his chair with Kyrgios down a set and trailing 3-0 in the second to give the Australian a pep talk.

After reaching the third round by defeating Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-4, 6-4, Federer criticized Lahyani for going to talk to Kyrgios for as long as he did, and from as close as he did. In an unusual sight for Grand Slam tennis, Lahyani clambered down out of his seat during a break between games, stood with hands on knees, and spoke with the 30th-seeded Kyrgios, saying, among other things, "I want to help you".

Kyrgios was grilled in his press conference but was quick to downplay any influence from the umpire: "I'm not sure it was encouragement".

But all said and done, it looks like Lalyani's pep-talk did him good as Nick Kyrgios went on to win the match. "I know what I was doing out there wasn't good". He said he liked me - I don't know if that's encouragement.

"I didn't listen to what they said, I just saw that Nick from that point started to play really focused, 100 per cent".

"It didn't help me at all", he told reporters.

Showing questionable effort in a match he'd eventually turn around and win in four sets after a freaky pep talk from the chair umpire, Kyrgios was reportedly targeted by a heckler who wanted him to "just leave" because female star Eugenie Bouchard was next up on court 17.

"I don't think he has to go down and take the position of a coach like you can see on the WTA Tour".

"I don't know what he said".

The incident caught the attention of United States Tennis Association officials who could look into the umpire's conduct.

The trials and tribulations of Nick Kyrgios took another turn at the US Open as he moved into the third round but only after freakish intervention from the chair umpire.

"I am even more upset against (Earley's) statement that is clearly taking us for fools ... when we players are making mistakes on court we are sanctioned". "He also informed Kyrgios that his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, he would need to take action". "It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire, for that matter", Federer said.

"We all hear on the video what the umpire said to Nick, overpassing his functions". You don't go and speak like that in my opinion.

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

Next up for the 37-year-old is a hotly-anticipated clash with Australia's Kyrgios, who recovered to beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert earlier on Thursday.

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. "I got pissed off", said 2011 and 2015 champion Djokovic.

"Again, I understand as well why people are speculating that should not happen".

Admitting he won't be the crowd favourite, there's every chance Kyrgios will have to put up with hecklers - like he did against Herbert.

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