ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Nikolay Davydenko, already at the
center of a betting investigation, was fined $2,000 for lack of
effort a loss at the St. Petersburg Open.
The ATP said Friday the fourth-ranked Russian was fined for lack
of "best effort" in his 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 loss Thursday to Marin
The top-seeded Davydenko won the first set in 27 minutes, but
drew a rebuke from chair umpire Jean-Philippe Dercq in the third
set. Davydenko double-faulted four times in the second set and six
times in the third.
"When I made a double-fault, he gave me a notice for a wrong
behavior on the court as if I was throwing the match," Davydenko
said Thursday after the match. "I was surprised. I've never heard
anything like this before. No matter how I'd played, no matter what
had happen to me, I was never given such a notice."
Davydenko couldn't believe he was asked about his level of effort.
"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."
Davydenko said during the exchange, Dercq asked him about his
condition. Davydenko first said there was nothing wrong, but later
said the problem was in his legs.
"He could not solve my problem anyway, that why I first told
him I was OK, but I didn't play the way I did in the first set.
That's why he gave me a notice," Davydenko said. "Later I told
him that my legs have collapsed. I could not move."
The ATP is investigating a match involving Davydenko in August
in which online gambling site Betfair voided bets because of
irregular betting patterns.
In that match in Poland, Davydenko won the first set 6-1, then
withdrew against 87th-ranked Martin Vassallo Arguello in the third
set because of a foot injury.
Davydenko qualified for the season-ending Masters Cup in
Shanghai next month by winning the Kremlin Cup two weeks ago.
He is scheduled to play next week in the Paris Masters, where he
is the defending champion.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.