Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce is the Chief Tennis Writer and general sports reporter for The Age. She writes about a range of sports, including football, netball, and gymnastics. Linda has twice been named Australian tennis writer of the year.

Kyrgios and Andy Murray after the Scot's win at Wimbledon this year.

This time, Kyrgios must be willing to confront his demons

While Andy Murray is not convinced that fines will help or change Nick Kyrgios, the world No.2 is yet to comment on the suspension also handed to the tormented young Australian. Yet just as Murray's call in Shanghai for more open discussions around the mental health issues among the game's young players were considered and insightful, the unusual treatment element of the ATP's stick-and-carrot sanction is making its own statement.

Roberto Bautista Agut celebrates after win over Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic upset by Bautista Agut

Shanghai: A shirt-ripping, racquet-destroying, umpire-damning Novak Djokovic has suffered another setback in his quest to hold off Andy Murray's challenge for the year-end No.1 ranking, beaten 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters by Spanish 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

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Andy Murray insists Nick Kyrgios is "always happy, friendly, nice to everyone".

Murray's wise words to Kyrgios

While Andy Murray says he and Nick Kyrgios share locker-room chat about various  things - tennis, basketball, sport in general - the world No.2 has offered himself as a willing sounding board for far more substantial issues. "You don't want to see young guys who are in the spotlight struggling and making mistakes," Murray says. "Doing things that ultimately hurt them."