Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Borna Coric downs Stan Wawrinka in Shanghai Open

Borna Coric downs Stan Wawrinka in Shanghai Open

Dumusois called Kyrgios out for lackluster play at one point, saying his efforts were "really borderline" during the second set. "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".

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

Raonic and Kyrgios were both ousted in three sets by Mackenzie McDonald and fellow American qualifier Bradley Klahn respectively, but 10th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was able to progress courtesy of a 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-4 success over Gael Monfils. "You have no right to tell me that it's poor".

Nick Kyrgios continued his Shanghai nightmare with a first-round exit.

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As Klahn accepted the plaudits from the crowd, Kyrgios left the court using his mobile phone.

Switzerland's three-time major victor and former world number three Wawrinka, a wildcard in this tournament, was beaten 4-6 6-4 6-3 by 13th seed Borna Coric in just under two hours.

Woodbridge felt it was a pity that Kyrgios couldn't skip Shanghai - a compulsory Masters Series event - given it was the third successive year in which the Australian had gone out of the tournament in controversial fashion.

As a result, he was given $US10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. In 2016, he patted the ball over the net on several occasions when serving and walked back to his chair while his opponent served.

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Last week, Kyrgios ceded his spot as Australia's highest-ranked male player to Alex de Minaur following a defeat at the Japan Open.

During his second-round match at the US Open in August, Kyrgios was given a pep-talk by umpire Mohamed Lahyani when he was trailing Pierre-Hugues Herbert by a set and a break.

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.

The lone disappointment came in the way of talented NextGen 20-year old Frances Tiafoe's 63 46 36 loss to Matthew Ebden on the first match of the day.

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