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Suspicions follow Davydenko heading to U.S. Open

Nikolay Davydenko denies fixing a match earlier this month. But as Greg Garber writes, the very thing that makes tennis so compelling also makes it more susceptible to gamblers.

Updated: August 23, 2007, 4:52 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Nikolay Davydenko, balding and spidery-thin, was wearing a black ensemble Wednesday night at the Pilot Pen tournament.

The symbolism -- and the irony -- might have been lost on him.

Davydenko, the top seed and defending champion here, rallied to dispatch 18-year-old American Donald Young 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. But the second-round result was hardly the story.

For still flying under the sports corruption radar in the wake of Michael Vick's legal issues and referee Tim Donaghy's ...

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