Alexandr Dolgopolov reached the Round of 16 for the first time since 2011 but questions about a suspicious match at an ATP tournament in August continue to overshadow his run.
Dolgopolov, who made quick work of Viktor Troicki, 6-1, 6-0, 6-4, on Grandstand Saturday, received more questions about his allegedly fixed match against Thiago Monteiro at the Winston-Salem Open where suspicious betting patterns before the match flipped the odds and caused some bookies to suspend betting activity.
Dolgopolov said in a press conference Wednesday that he didn’t “give a f—k” about the media’s “circus” coverage of his suspicious match. After his match against Troicki, he was questioned again about the investigation and had none of it.
“Read about what I said [on] the first day” Dolgopolov grunted. “… Read about it on the Internet. I gave a statement. It’s enough. I’m not going to be talking about it every day. Just because one of you didn’t arrive or you have new questions, that’s it.”
When a reporter tried asking again, Dolgopolov visibly looked aggravated.
“I’m not talking about gambling,” he said. “You have other questions or not? We’re finished.”
Dolgopolov lost in straight sets to Monteiro failing to create a break-point chance despite being ranked 51 spots higher than Monteiro. The Tennis Integrity Unit confirmed shortly after the match that they were investigating it.
This isn’t the first time the Ukranian had his name floated in a TIU incident. Back in 2011, he was involved in a match that received similar suspicions but was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Dolgopolov was pleased with his third round match which he described as one of his “best matches” recently. He could face Rafael Nadal in the fourth round if the No. 1 seed wins his match against lucky loser Leonardo Mayer later Saturday.
“First, let [Nadal] win,” Dolgopolov joked.