New York - Nick Kyrgios breezed through apparel and slow challenge controversies as easily as he dispatched 104th-ranked Frenchman Antoine Hoang on Thursday to reach the third round of the US Open.
The 28th-seeded Australian blasted Hoang 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to match his deepest US Open run and booked a date with 43rd-ranked Andrey Rublev, who beat Roger Federer at Cincinnati two weeks ago, to decide a berth in the last 16.
"He's a young, fearless player who has been playing really well the last couple weeks," Kyrgios said.
"He plays big from both sides. He's a great player."
Kyrgios won their only meeting last year in Moscow, recalling, "It was an incredibly tough match."
The 24-year-old Canberra-born product had two minor issues in his match, the first over a collar inscription "Just Do You" that officials feared violated clothing rules, forcing Kyrgios to fold down his collar.
"I think they thought it was a slogan, but it wasn't," Kyrgios said.
"It wasn't anything to do with a marketing thing. I think they must have read it wrong. I think they thought it said 'Just Do It' like the slogan.
"It was a mix-up. It's all cleared up now. I can wear that. I can wear the collar up."
The second dispute came late in the third set when Kyrgios thought he won a point, heard umpire Nico Helwerth call the game and score, only to have it overturned on what he considered a video challenge made far too late.
"He called game, then my opponent challenged once the umpire called game," Kyrgios said.
"I just thought that wasn't right."
After arguing to no avail, Kyrgios smacked a service winner to settle the matter and seize a 5-3 lead, then made an exaggerated squat and jump motion to look at the chair and his rival, then give the umpire one more look after walking away, just to make sure the game was truly over.
Kyrgios, who won titles this year in Acapulco and Washington, has an open draw quarter after three top-10 players lost in the first round.
Kyrgios called the ATP "corrupt" on Tuesday, unhappy about his record $113 000 fine for actions at Cincinnati where he profanely insulted an umpire, but pulled back on the remark Wednesday, saying he is unhappy at what he sees as a double standard on ATP enforcements and punishments.
"I expect consistency and fairness with this across the board. To date that's not happened," Kyrgios tweeted.
The ATP has started an investigation into the comment as a major policy violation, but Kyrgios said the tour has not reached out to him about the matter and he doesn't expect them to do so.
US Open results on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Denis Kudla (USA) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB x27) 7-5, 7-5, 0-6, 6-3
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x23) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) bt Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) 7-6 (13/11), 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-3
Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO x17) bt Jenson Brooksby (USA) 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 6-2
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 6-7 (7/9), 6-0, 6-4, 6-4
Daniil Medvedev (RUS x5) bt Hugo Dellien (BOL) 6-3, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
Daniel Evans (GBR) bt Lucas Pouille (FRA x25) 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4
Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-0
David Goffin (BEL x15) bt Gregoire Barrere (FRA) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
Kamil Majchrzak (POL) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
Alex De Minaur (AUS) bt Christian Garin (CHI x31) 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
Andrey Rublev (RUS) bt Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-2, retired
Nick Kyrgios (AUS x28) bt Antoine Hoang (FRA) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
Matteo Berrettini (ITA x24) bt Jordan Thompson (AUS) 7-5, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-1
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2
Gael Monfils (FRA x13) bt Marius Copil (ROU) 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) bt Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 6-2
Pablo Andujar (ESP) bt Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
Alexander Bublik (KAZ) bt Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 6-7 (3/7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
Alexander Zverev (GER x6) bt Frances Tiafoe (USA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
Aljaz Bedene (SLO) bt Benoit Paire (FRA x29) 4-6, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4)
Diego Schwartzman (ARG x20) bt Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 6-4, 6-2, 6-0
Tennys Sandgren (USA) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-4
John Isner (USA x14) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/5)
Marin Cilic (CRO x22) bt Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
Chung Hyeon (KOR) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP x32) 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)
Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) walkover
Naomi Osaka (JPN x1) bt Magda Linette (POL) 6-2, 6-4
Coco Gauff (USA) bt Timea Babos (HUN) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Anett Kontaveit (EST x21) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
Belinda Bencic (SUI x13) bt Alize Cornet (FRA) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) bt Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x9) 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)
Donna Vekic (CRO x23) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST) 7-5, 6-3
Julia Goerges (GER x26) bt Francesca Di Lorenzo (USA) 7-5, 6-0
Kiki Bertens (NED x7) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 7-5, 6-4
Taylor Townsend (USA) bt Simona Halep (ROU x4) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4)
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) bt Aliona Bolsova (ESP) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x19) bt Danielle Collins (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Bianca Andreescu (CAN x15) bt Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-3, 7-5
Kristie Ahn (USA) bt Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) 6-2, 6-3
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) bt Alison Riske (USA) 6-4, 6-3
Elise Mertens (BEL x25) bt Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 6-2, 6-2
Andrea Petkovic (GER) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE x6) 6-4, 6-4
Dayana Yastremska (UKR x32) bt Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 6-4, 6-1
Sofia Kenin (USA x20) bt Laura Siegemund (GER) 7-6 (7/4), 6-0
Johanna Konta (GBR x16) bt Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 6-1, 6-0
Zhang Shuai (CHN x33) bt Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-3
Ons Jabeur (TUN) bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Karolina Muchova (CZE) bt Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE x29) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2)
Petra Martic (CRO x22) bt Ana Bogdan (ROU) 6-2, 6-4
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x12) bt Iga Swiatek (POL) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
Fiona Ferro (FRA) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3
Wang Qiang (CHN x18) bt Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 7-5, 6-4
Maria Sakkari (GRE x30) bt Peng Shuai (CHN) 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-2