Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Federer warns Kyrgios over work ethic after Shanghai strop

Federer warns Kyrgios over work ethic after Shanghai strop

"I think it's really up to him where he wants to go and what his potential really holds", said the 20-time Grand Slam victor.

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.

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.

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.

"We don't really know and I don't think he really knows exactly what his potential is".

Umpire Damien Dumusois questioned the effort of Kyrgios, telling him at one stage early in the second set he was "really borderline", which upset the world No 38 who then continued to verbal the official.

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

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". "He needs to do like any other player needs to go through in order to be successful".

Kyrgios had made a light-hearted post on Instagram last week about his participation in Shanghai this year.

Shanghai is not the only scene of a Kyrgios controversy.

The Swede climbing down from his chair in NY to have a lengthy chat with Kyrgios when he was showing little effort as he trailed by a set and 3-0 down against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

A 22-time grand slam champion - in double and mixed doubles - and former Davis Cup coach, Woodbridge said Kyrgios should next year try to focus his energies on the majors.

Todd Woodbridge believes Nick Kyrgios is copping extra scrutiny from umpires but doesn't help himself by the way he engages with them.

"When he has to go somewhere and that isn't the case, we see him a little jaded and we see him play the way that he did. He gets exhausted and then it's regrettable for him".

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