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Nick Kyrgios censured by umpire over 'borderline' effort at Shanghai Masters

Nick Kyrgios censured by umpire over 'borderline' effort at Shanghai Masters Nick Kyrgios in row with umpire during Shanghai Masters defeat
Andrew Wong | 11 October, 2018, 02:14

The Australian suffered a third contentious Shanghai Masters exit in as many appearances after his efforts in a first-round loss against world No 104 Bradley Klahn were described as "borderline" by umpire Damien Dumusois.

Also, 10th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4 and 13th-seeded Borna Coric of Croatia defeated wild-card entry Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

"You know exactly what I meant, Nick".

Now ranked 38, it will take a major turnaround for Kyrgios to pick up a seeding for next year's Australian Open.

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Kyrgios, who again at times appeared largely disinterested, was downed 4-6 6-4 6-3 by American qualifier Bradley Klahn.

He was fined past year after walking off the court during his first-round match.

Federer, who admitted that the hard graft did not necessarily come naturally to him either, backed Kyrgios to "win bigger tournaments and do all these things".

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The Shanghai Masters has been a particularly unhappy hunting ground for Kyrgios over the years, with this being the fourth year in a row that he has stoked controversy at the competition.

"But there is still a process in place".

He lost to Matthew Ebden 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Lahyani was suspended from his next two scheduled tournaments after trying to encourage Kyrgios during a match at the US Open.

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"Nick plays his best tennis when he's fresh, when he's enjoying himself and he's engaged", said Woodbridge, according to the Melbourne Age. "He gets exhausted and then it's regrettable for him".

Kyrgios has been toppled as Australia's number one player with 19-year-old Alex de Minaur moving up to 33 in the world to take top spot for the first time in his career. "You have no right to tell me that it's poor".

"I could literally just say I couldn't play after that because I just felt put down".

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