Nick Kyrgios rows with umpire during Shanghai Masters first-round exit

Aubrey Yates
October 11, 2018

During the second set, Dumusois told Kyrgios a point was "really borderline", appearing to suggest a lack of effort.

The two continued to discuss at the following change of ends as the Australian questioned whether the umpire meant borderline good or bad.

"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. There's a way of playing tennis on a tennis court".

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

The 23-year-old rattled off another three aces to close out the game, pointing at the official each time. "But when they get aced ... it's fine right, they walk side to side, it's fine", Kyrgios ranted to his box.

"But I think, you know, just the way he goes about things, I could take a leaf out of his book". "I thought I played great tennis and I could feel all the improvements I've had over the last few months and was happy I could put it together tonight".

Kyrgios' Shanghai strop is the latest controversy to engulf him in China.

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A year ago in Shanghai, having received a warning for smashing two balls out of court in frustration, Kyrgios marched off midway through his first-round match against Steve Johnson.

Nick Kyrgios left the court, phone in hand.

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

With his ranking at 38 in the world, Kyrgios is now in danger of not being seeded for the Australian Open in January, with the top 32 players guaranteed to be seeded for the season's opening grand slam.

Sam Querrey and Taylor Fritz both won in straight sets at the Shanghai Masters on Monday, setting up a second-round match between the Americans.

Kyrgios made no initial public comment after his defeat by qualifier Klahn, but has previously spoken of his intent to learn from Federer.

Alex de Minaur starts his campaign on Tuesday against Vasek Pospisil.

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