ATP staff couldn't find Nick Kyrgios for media duties after Shanghai exit

       Nick Kyrgios was involved in an on-going argument with the umpire after the official suggested there was a lack

"I want to help you", chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani told Kyrgios, who went on to capture 19 of the next 25 games and set up a clash against Federer in NY.

And he was for all of 30 minutes before unravelling and going down to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 defeat by Bradley Klahn, the world No 104 from the United States.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts after a point against Bradley Klahn of the U.S. during their men's single round of 64 match at the Shanghai Masters October 8, 2018.

Dumusois told Kyrgios a point early in the second set "was really borderline", which prompted a fiery response from the Australian who reacted by saying "I don't care".

Three games later, Kyrgios smashed an ace and turned to Dumusois to ask "was that borderline poor?" before the French official told him "that's enough".

Coric, who had failed to win a match in his last two appearances in Beijing and Shenzhen, saved two break points at 3-3 in the second set and clinched the first four games of the decider to record his 32nd match win of the season.

Nick Kyrgios left the court, phone in hand.

In 2017, he copped a $10,000 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct during a match against American Steve Johnson.

The year before, Kyrgios was fined and subsequently banned from the ATP tour for eight weeks after being accused of tanking in a second-round loss to Mischa Zverev in 2016. On that day, he belted two balls out of the stadium, and walked out midway through the match.

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

Kyrgios has recently lost his status as Australia's No 1 to Alex de Minaur. A press conference for the Argentine on Tuesday was cancelled at the last moment, however, which suggests that he could still be unwell.Top seed and holder Federer starts his campaign on Wednesday against Russia's Daniil Medvedev.

Another American, Frances Tiafoe, was less fortunate.

Others eliminated on Monday included ninth seed Diego Schwartzman, beaten 6-3 6-4 by Sam Querrey, and 14th seed Milos Raonic, who lost 6-3 5-7 6-3 to qualifier Mackenzie McDonald.



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