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Tirade: Nick Kyrgios faces disciplinary action
Tirade: Nick Kyrgios faces disciplinary action

By Robert Jones

Nick Kyrgios lost 6-7 (3) 7-6 (4) 6-2 to Russian Karen Khachanov at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati - and also lost his temper with the umpire.

The mercurial Australian unleashed a profanity-laced tirade at chair umpire Fergus Murphy.

Kyrgios won the opening set despite foot and ankle issues, but after a rant he threw his towel over a camera, forcing the broadcasters to switch to an overhead view.

After Khachanov won the second set, Kyrgios shouted: "The worst f*****g ref ever, the worst ref in the game.

"The worst, hands down. Every time I play he's doing some stupid sh*t, every time."

At the end of the match Kyrgios unleashed on Murphy again, saying: "You're a f*****g tool bro."

Khachanov now moves on to the third round and will take on Frenchman Lucas Pouille, who beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-4 6-4.

Kyrgios is likely to face disciplinary action for his outbursts.

Earlier, Alexander Zverev hit 20 double faults in a bruising loss to 19-year-old qualifier Miomir Kecmanovic, who benefited from his opponent's wayward serving in a 6-7 (4) 6-2 6-4 win.

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