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Is it just me or does Labadze come off like an idiot in this article?

Labadze unconcerned by link to match-fixing dispute

March 23, 2005
MIAMI (AFP) - Irakli Labadze opened his campaign at the 6.565 million-dollar ATP Masters Series tournament with a three-set win over Morocco's Younes El Aynaoui, then shrugged off suggestions he was linked to match-fixing in Austria.

"It was not upsetting, actually it was funny," Labadze said of his reaction on first hearing his name had been linked to a court investigation in Austria, in which a betting shop refused to pay 23,000 dollars US to Martin Fuehrer for a winning bet against Labadze.

The firm claimed Fuehrer was a friend of the player and knew he was going to lose, but Fuehrer sued the company.

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Labadze indicated Wednesday that Fuehrer was just a casual acquaintance.

"All the players know him," said Labadze, adding that he first heard of the investigation when he was in the United States to play at Scottsdale, Arizona, last month.

He said he would be happy to testify before a court in Austria if required.

"I'm happy to go and answer questions," he said. "When I go back, if the court wants me to go there and ask me some questions, of course I'll go."

But Labadze said his three-set loss to unheralded Austrian Julian Knowle at St. Poelten last year was, unfortunately, entirely in character.

"I'm the kind of player, I can lose to anybody, I can beat anybody," he said. "I'm sorry I'm not consistent." Umm, we may know that, but why would you say that aloud?
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No. He's honest I don't think he makes himself look like an idiot. A clown? Maybe. But that is what he is anyway

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He is very cool. I'd love to meet him. To me, he doesn't at all come across as an idiot...
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honest- but not an idiot

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I agree he can lose to anybody, but not so sure about the beating anybody part
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I agree he can lose to anybody, but not so sure about the beating anybody part
He has beaten Agassi before, so he isn't that bad, when the ball goes in, but you never know with him.

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Irakli has a wonderful sense of humour - he's a naturally funny and honest guy. I don't think he comes over as an idiot at all in this - just being true to himself.

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I agree with the people here, I don't think he comes over as an idiot.
And why couldn't he say aloud that he's inconsistent? Shows that he's honest to himself.
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Sorry, I meant also the answers about the investigation and that everbody knows Fuehrer, based on what we know. Not just the last answer

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Two Irakli threads in one day? You guys are spoiling me.
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I think the allegations are true, and he gets too much credit for his victory over Agassi, before last year the consensus was Agassi went to China to get the appearance fee and tanked his first round match.

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He has beaten Agassi before, so he isn't that bad, when the ball goes in, but you never know with him.

TF, it's just you.
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Thanks for calling Nenad Zimonjic not so bad

Your words imply this
Nenad is a cool guy and Irakli is just a mad Georgian, so there isn't anything unusual about that.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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