Friday, August 3, 2007
Davydenko's Devilish Ways?
Maybe the least famous player ever to crack the top 5, Nikolai Davydenko is all about flying under the radar. He plays tournaments week after week, grinding down opponents with his unflashy, mechanically flawless form. Now it looks like little Nicky was not quite low-profile enough to evade the eye of the authorities in what looks like a textbook betting scam. British betting officials say they received an eyebrow-raising $7 million in bets against Davydenko for his 2nd round match at the Sopot tournament in Poland against an unheralded Argentine. When the Russian retired at 2-1 in the third set, alarm bells went off, and now Davydenko is being lavished with attention—just not the good kind.