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

Kyrgios was unhappy at being warned by the umpire for a lack of effort in his defeat in three sets against Klahn yesterday Kyrgios was unhappy at being warned by the umpire for a lack of effort in his defeat in three sets against Klahn yesterdayJOHANNES EISELE GETTY IMAGES
Kristopher Love | 11 October, 2018, 11:29

Coric, seeded 13th, will next face American qualifier Bradley Klahn, who claimed a hard-fought 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Nick Kyrgios.

"I think it's really up to him where he wants to go and what his potential really holds", the 20-time Grand Slam victor said. Dumusois then underlined to Kyrgios what he exactly meant: "You know exactly what I meant, Nick".

The talented but erratic Kyrgios has played in Shanghai four times with his best showing being two second-round finishes.

Only through understanding work ethic and scheduling, creating the right team around himself, only then can you unlock the potential really.

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The 23-year-old Kyrgios made another contentious exit from the Shanghai Masters on Monday after a running argument with the chair umpire who suggested his efforts were "borderline".

Lahyani took the unusual step of climbing down from his chair and having a lengthy chat with Kyrgios when he was showing little effort as he trailed by a set and 3-0 down against against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

At another moment Kyrgios served an ace past Klahn and asked Dumusois: "Was that borderline poor?".

"It's interesting when you watch him, the umpires are watching him more closely than generally they watch the other end", Woodbridge told reporters at an event for next year's Australian Open.

"I'm not going to do it, but I'm just saying".

At last year's tournament, Kyrgios smashed two balls out of court in frustration and stormed off midway through his match with Steve Johnson in the first round.

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.

He was also fined $US1,500 at the 2015 edition of the tournament after audibly swearing and complaining the event was a "circus".

De Minaur is ranked one spot ahead of compatriot John Millman as both climbed spots due to Kyrgios' dramatic, 11-place fall.

At the recent US Open, a disinterested Kyrgios was given a controversial mid-match pep talk by an umpire as he drifted towards a second-round defeat.