US Open 2014: Outbursts almost cost Nick Kyrgios dear at Flushing Meadows
Last Updated: 26/08/14 3:37pm
Wimbledon hero Nick Kyrgios came close to being thrown out of the US Open for swearing.
The 19-year-old Australian, who stunned Rafael Nadal in the fourth round at the All England Club, eventually made headlines of the right sort with a 7-5 7-6 (7/4) 2-6 7-6 (7/1) victory over 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny.
Kyrgios had already been given two code violations in the third set - one for bad language - and another at the start of the fourth set saw him penalised a game.
One more incident would have resulted in Kyrgios being defaulted but the teenager successfully kept his tongue in check thereafter.
Kyrgios said: "I guess it was just heat of the moment. I was frustrated the way I was playing and it was just all that sort of stuff. It was just an outburst and hopefully I will be able to control that the next time I play.
"It comes from having high expectations most of the time. I have been an emotional player most of my career. Maybe I will be able to manage it in the future. It's a work in progress. It's something that's always been there."
Kyrgios went into Wimbledon as the world's highest-ranked teenager but with little public profile.
He left the tournament as the name on everyone's lips and admits the adjustment has taken some getting used to.
"It's all happened so fast," he said. "It's sunk in a little bit, but I'm still pretty amazed how fast it all happened.
"Last year I was qualifying (in New York). I knew I had a chance to qualify, but I wasn't really expected to. Now I'm winning matches in main draw grand slams. It's pretty amazing for me even still."
Experienced Russian Youzhny made the quarter-finals here last year and represents another impressive scalp for Kyrgios, who next meets Italian Andreas Seppi.
Youzhny served to make it two sets all but Kyrgios steeled himself to break back and dominated the fourth-set tie-break.
Top seed Novak Djokovic shrugged off his poor form in the lead up to the event by outclassing Diego Schwartzman 6-1 6-2 6-4.
The Wimbledon champion, who won only two matches on the North American hard courts, needed just 97 minutes to wrap up the victory.
"I'm very pleased," Djokovic said. "It's never easy to start a U.S. Open smoothly."
Third seed Stan Wawrinka was given a tough time by 21-year-old Czech Jiri Vesely but managed to win in straight sets, clinching a 6-2 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/3) victory.
Fifth seed Milos Raonic comes into the tournament as a real dark horse after an excellent run of form that began with victory over Kyrgios to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon and also included an ATP Tour title in Washington.
The Canadian allowed a third-set lead to slip away against Japan's Taro Daniel but was relatively untroubled in a 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7/1) win.
Ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was given a scare by Argentina's Juan Monaco but recovered to win 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-1.
The Frenchman marked himself out as a contender by beating Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov and Roger Federer back to back to win the Masters event in Toronto earlier this month.
He saved a set point to avoid going two sets to one down against Monaco but was barely troubled thereafter.
Spain's Tommy Robredo, who knocked out Federer in the fourth round last year, began his campaign with a 6-4 6-3 6-4 win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin.