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Interesting read:

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7178632.stm


Nikolay Davydenko claims he is being victimised by the ATP because they want him out of the world's top 10.

The Russian's defeat by Argentine Martin Vassallo Arguello at the Sopot Open last August is being investigated by the governing body of men's tennis.

He told BBC Sport: "Maybe they just found one tennis player who they want to remove from the world's top 10?

"Maybe there is someone below me in the rankings who is more popular and they want to increase his popularity?"

He added: "Maybe I am just not that popular being number four in the world? Someone is trying to increase someone else's popularity."

But Etienne de Villiers, the chief executive of the ATP, described the Russian's claims as "fanciful".

"We are not investigating either player - we've never ever said this is about Davydenko or Arguello," De Villiers told BBC Sport.

"We said this is about an irregular betting pattern and we need to get to the bottom of it."

Gambling company Betfair voided all wagers on Davydenko's second-round match against Arguello in Poland last August because of irregular betting patterns.

The Russian was ranked four in the world as opposed to his opponent's 87, yet his odds started to lengthen considerably after he won the first set 6-2.

He lost the second set 6-3 and was trailing 2-1 in the third when he withdrew with a foot injury.

BBC Sport has been told that nine Russian account holders with Betfair stood to make about £750,000 from an Arguello victory.

Davydenko vigorously denies all allegations of wrongdoing.

Speaking in his first major interview since the match in Sopot, Davydenko told BBC Sport: "People think that just because I am rated number five in the world then I can't lose to someone who is rated 100.

"Anything can happen to me. I can just have a bad match or I can be injured and lose the match.

"When I see a player who is tired or in pain or maybe just doesn't want to play, I can understand that - he is not a robot.

"I understand that he can't play in the match, he can withdraw. That's his business. If he is tired he withdraws this week and will try to do better the next.

"I do not think that any of this has anything to do with betting. If you take all the matches I played and lost to those rated 100 and below, should this also be suspicious?

"I have already lost to these players before while being in top five or top four. It happened last year and the year before."

The 26-year-old says he is angry about his treatment at the hands of the ATP since Sopot.

In September, he was fined for not trying during a match against Marin Cilic at the St Petersburg Open, but this was subsequently overturned on appeal.

Davydenko is also frustrated that the ATP investigation into the match against Arguello is still ongoing.

"It makes me angry, because it takes so long," he said.

"I can't understand what they want from me - I have given them everything, all the information.

"When will this end? I do not have any trust in the ATP."

The ATP requested Davydenko's phone records when he was playing at the US Open last Autumn.

He initially refused to hand them over, because "I was playing at a very important tournament and they only gave me a week to do it", but did comply in early December.

Now ATP investigators have requested the phone records of Davydenko's wife, Irina, and his brother and coach Eduard.

The duo have been given a deadline of 15 business days after Davydenko's last match at this month's Australian Open.

Davydenko is reported to be determined to dig his heels in and resist the latest request, saying: "If we allowed that to happen, they would be taking data from my grandmother".

ATP chief De Villiers said the reluctance of Davydenko and his entourage to hand over phone records allied with the Russian's complaints that the investigation was taking too long amounted to "a paradox".

"If you want to get to understand what happened, you use all the information you could possibly have," De Villiers said.

"Obtaining the records of players and their entourage is written into our rules.

"I can understand his frustration (but) our only agenda is to protect the integrity of tennis.

"It would be irresponsible of us not to be thorough, comprehensive and fair. That's the only thing we're trying to do here."

The world number four insists he would not even know how to throw a match.

"I have never done it and I do not know how to," he said.

"I know that if you are hurt, you withdraw, but I do not know how to not play in a match.

"It wouldn't be easy, because being the fifth in the world it is not easy to lose to someone who is ranked 100th."


I find it hard to completely disregard Davydenko's claims because image is what De Villiers is all about.. :rolleyes:
 

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These Russian betfair users must have had some pretty solid information that Davy was gonna lose (or retire after a set) to wager so much whilst Davy was crushing his opponent. I just can't see how he is not guilty.
 

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Thanks for posting this interesting article. Like you, I find it hard to disregard his claims. Maybe he is being a little over-sensitive and paranoid - but then again - Kolya's face has never really fitted has it? And somehow I can't imagine them harrassing Federer, Nadal or Roddick for their partner's telephone records :rolleyes: And no - I'm not accusing these three (or anyone else for that matter) or anything, but let's say they fit Mr. Disney's "image" more than Davydenko does.

And speaking of Mr. Disney and his "integrity of tennis" comments :rolleyes: In my opinion, the best thing that could be done for the sport's integrity would be get rid of him as soon as possible, and replace him wth someone who really knows and cares about the game instead of just his own "showbusiness" marketing strategies and agenda.
 

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"If Murray knows so much about fixing, he must be doing it"
"The ATP want me out of the top 10"

Why say all this bonkers stuff?!?! Just comply and get your name cleared if you're so fooking innocent.
 

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Thanks for posting this interesting article. Like you, I find it hard to disregard his claims. Maybe he is being a little over-sensitive and paranoid - but then again - Kolya's face has never really fitted has it? And somehow I can't imagine them harrassing Federer, Nadal or Roddick for their partner's telephone records :rolleyes: And no - I'm not accusing these three (or anyone else for that matter) or anything, but let's say they fit Mr. Disney's "image" more than Davydenko does.

And speaking of Mr. Disney and his "integrity of tennis" comments :rolleyes: In my opinion, the best thing that could be done for the sport's integrity would be get rid of him as soon as possible, and replace him wth someone who really knows and cares about the game instead of just his own "showbusiness" marketing strategies and agenda.
Great post, spot on! :worship:

As for those who claim Davydenko is guilty: there still is NO EVIDENCE AT ALL. Why else would the investigation still be going on? Because the ATP hasn't been able to find anything more than circumstancial proof, if anything at all. This whole business is in fact starting to resemble the Spanish Inquisition in the Middle Ages... :mad: :mad: :mad:
 

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I'm impressed Davydenko can still play decently and hold the top 5 spot with all that's going on around him at the moment.
Many other players would be out of the top 10 by now and blame the "witch-hunt". He's quite the professional, regardless of what people think of him. (But he does seem a little paranoid. Can't blame him, though.)
 

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This is all just conjecture obviously but I don't see why Davydenko would be stirring all of this up again if he was guilty. If he was I would presume that he would be trying to keep a low profile and using 'No comment' as if it had gone out of fashion. These actions just don't seem like those of a guilty man..

Unless it's reverse psychology.. :lol:
 

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Davdenko is brilliant, who gives a damn what other people say. Not Davydenko, that's for certain.
 

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Evidence in such cases is concrete, things like e-mails, internet page visits ect ect ect cant be hidden even if tried to be hidden, so if davy has been surfing the net and discussing such illegal motives he will be found guilty, not a shadwow of a doubt.

If the evidence is not computer oriantated then thats another matter, people's alibis, thoughts and so on will have to be trusted in court and then who knows, people lie dont forget, we will find out in due course however.

If he is guilty he will be guilty because of CONCRETE evidence that cant be beaten.
 

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I'm not at all persuaded that Davydenko or his entourage have done anything wrong.

However I find his attitude more than a little paranoid and he lays claim to victimhood and martyrdom far too easily.

If he does want the investigation to end swiftly he should comply with their information requests in a timely fashion, if their requests are within the rules that govern the sport.

I mean, okay so requesting phone records may have been inconvenient in August just before the US Open but the records were not actually provided until December, which is 4 months later. So that's 4 months longer this has dragged on. Now it's dragging on further because he's refusing to provide additional information.

You can't have it both ways, Mr Davydenko.

His reasoning doesn't hold water. If somehow they did "drum" him out of the top 10, there's no guarantee he'd be replaced by someone more popular or entertaining.

Frankly, he should stop whining to the media, get on with his job and comply with any reasonable requests they make to clear up the investigation of the MATCH BETTING, not Davydenko. If he's being uncooperative, it's bound to drag on yet further.
 

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If I were in Davydenko's place I would feel angry as hell. He is a top 10 player in world for the last couple of years or more and I think the ATP atleast should be publicly more apologetic for putting him through this.
 
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He should be glad that it's got him on the radar. Too bad that this wave of bad popularity won't last a he will be banned and forgotten.
 
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