Italian umpire backs Pedro Sousa to win match in surreal environment


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Italian umpire backs Pedro Sousa to win match in surreal environment

It has not been a calm time for the umpires on the ATP Tour. Last year Mohamed Lahyani got suspended for two weeks from the ATP Tour for backing Nick Kyrgios to make an effort and compete in the US Open first round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Kyrgios won the match in four sets, which forced ATP not to let Lahyani serve as an umpire in Beijing and Shanghai tournaments. This year Damian Steiner was fired up by ATP for giving unauthorized interviews after the Wimbledon men's final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Steiner admitted that he thought Federer would prevail when he was leading 8-7 40-15 in the fifth set on serve. Now another case involved the Italian Gianluca Moscarella who encouraged the Portoguese Pedro Sousa after winning a tight first set 7-5 against the Italian Enrico Dalla Valle.

"Stay focused. Come on. Two minutes and it's over. Match should be 6-1 6-1, you had 45 break points. Focused please", said Moscarella. Sousa eventually prevailed 7-5 4-6 6-4 in the Firenze Challenger and he reached the final where he will face Marco Trungelliti on Sunday.

Moscarella is a very experienced player as he has been working at the highest level for many years. Microphones were on during the match and he might get a ban. Here below you can check the video.