Wed, Nov 14, 2007 - Page 19 News List

ATP clears Davydenko of code violation, drops fine

DPA , SHANGHAI

Beleaguered Russian Nikolay Davydenko finally caught a break from the ATP yesterday when his appeal against a code violation fine was upheld.

The Russian named in a suspicious match currently under probe from last summer had also been cited last month in St. Petersburg for "lack of best effort" in a second-round match he lost 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 against Croatian Marin Cilic.

He had been fined US$2,000 but appealed, with his plea being upheld.

"Following an extensive review of the match ... which included a full video analysis, it was decided that Davydenko's appeal should be upheld and the US$2,000 fine is rescinded," ATP rules boss Gayle Bradshaw said.

Davydenko was involved in a match last August in Sopot, Poland, which resulted in a huge waves of bets totalling US$7 million against the Russian favorite.

Davydenko won the first set against Argentine Martin Vassallo-Arguello before retiring in the third with injury.

The Russian was also blasted in Paris earlier this month, with the referee chastising him for not serving well enough, an incident which caused criticism of an official over-stepping his sporting bounds.

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