Davydenko Fined for Tanking Match at ATP St. Petersburg


Posted on October 26, 2007

Russian Nikolay Davydenko, already under investigation regarding irregular betting patterns when he retired in the third set in an ATP event in Poland, didn't help his cause this week at the ATP event in his home country of St. Petersburg, Russia, when he was fined $2,000 for "lack of best effort" during a 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 defeat by Croatian qualifier Marin Cilic.

During the third set where Davydenko won only one game, he was warned by Belgian chair umpire Jean-Philippe Dercq. Davydenko denied any wrongdoing on his part.

"I double-faulted to lose a game in the third set and he gave me a warning saying I was trying to lose on purpose," Davydenko said. "I was simply shocked to hear him say that. This is just outrageous. How does he know what I was trying to do?...I was so upset with the whole thing I started crying...The reality is that I started feeling tired. My legs were just dead by the third set. Maybe my problems are psychological, maybe it's in my head."
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