by TiaHeartsUncleToni (U9208721) 01 November 2007
Davydenko loses to Baghdatis 6-2 6-2 in a fascinating match- but not for the tennis. Baghdatis played a good solid game and I think this tournament could be the making of him again but WHAT was going on with Davydenko. He started out fine, but then all of a sudden, he couldn't get his serve in play and at the end of the match his DF count was in the teens. What was interesting was what happened during a changeover. Davydenko was something like 6-2 4-1 down and the umpire Cedric Maurier said: "Just serve like me. Put it in the box", obviously thinking he wasn't trying. Now, for me the umpire totally over-stepped the mark. What right does he have saying Davydenko wasn't trying? This shines a whole new light on the "Davydenko Betting Scandal"- I just felt sorry for him. From watching the match, it was clear Davydenko WAS trying but he just couldn't serve and in turn the rest of his game was affected. This whole scandal is obviously catching up with him mentally and I hate to see a great player like him struggle with inner turmoil. If people are going to say Davydenko isn't trying, why not take a look at the lame effort Novak Djokovic put into his match against Santoro yesterday? Had an operation two weeks ago and turned up in Paris to collect his $500,000 bonus, thus disrespecting the tournament, the fans and his opponent and didn't even TRY in his match. Why not fine him? I think we're looking at the wrong guy here. Why is Davydenko being used as a scapegoat for the ATP and the players? He was trying more than Djokvovic yet he is being questioned.
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