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Nick Kyrgios of Australia wipes his face during a match against Pierre Hugues Herbert of France during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Thursday Aug. 30 2018 in New York

Lahyani was seen giving Kyrgios a "pep talk", saying: "I want to help you, I know this is not you".

The freakish scene went viral on social media as Lahyani addressed the 30th seed for almost a minute and at one point was heard saying, "I'm trying to help you".

Kyrgios won the match 4-6 7-6 (6) 6-3 6-0 to earn a third-round showdown with Roger Federer.

The enigmatic Australian, viewed as one of the sport's great talents who has yet to fulfil his potential, looked set to produce another lacklustre effort as he stayed cemented to the baseline, barely flinching as Herbert served for a 3-0 lead.

"(Lahyani) came out of the chair because of the noise level in the stadium during the changeover, to make sure he could communicate effectively with Kyrgios.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates after defeating Pierre Hugues Herbert of France during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Thursday Aug. 30 2018 in New York
Outrage as umpire's controversial pep talk helps Nick Kyrgios to victory

The United States Tennis Association later said an investigation into Lahyani's conduct was ongoing but if Kyrgios had his way nothing would come of it.

Asked if the chat with Lahyani had any effect on him being able to turn the match around, Kyrgios said: "Not at all".

"It s not the umpire s role to go down from the chair. It didn't help me at all".

Kyrgios looked disinterested during the weird mid-match pep talk from chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani.

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

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Federer broke first on the way to a 5-3 lead in the set, but Millman won the last four games, breaking Federer twice. Things grew tougher in the second as a sluggish Djokovic laboured before again clinching the set with a break.

Yawning one second, Kyrgios delivered a return victor the next to break Herbert to get back on serve at 4-5 in the second set before offering a subdued fist pump towards his box.

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"Knowing Mohamed, I really don't think that he meant to do it for any other reason but to really try to help Nick to understand that if he continues doing that he might get fined or a warning". "(I) may be enjoying NY a little less, but that gives me, you know, the credibility to play better".

"It's different", Federer said of playing the unpredictable Paire, who was at times brilliant but still managed 47 unforced errors and 11 double faults in the two-hour affair.

"I didn't listen to what they said, I just saw that Nick from that point started to play really focused, 100 per cent". He (Kyrgios) behaves the way he behaves.

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"He also informed Kyrgios that if his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, as the chair umpire, he would need to take action". It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire for that matter. You don't go and speak like that in my opinion.

Kyrgios went on to see the trainer a couple of games later and was still trailing 5-2 before eventually breaking back to overturn the deficit and then run away with the contest in the third and fourth sets. "I can't think of one", Ings tweeted.

"He said he liked me. I don't think he's a coach, he's an umpire".

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