Beaten Robredo blasts Djokovic gamesmanship (US Open Diary)

September 3rd, 2008 - 4:15 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, Sep 3 (DPA) Spaniard Tommy Roberdo charged that Novak Djokovic played up his multitude of injuries during a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win into the quarter-final of the US Open.The 15th seed said that the Serb - who complained of hip, ankle, breathing and stomach worries - milked his lack of fitness on the way to victory in three hours and 45 minutes.

“He was asking for a trainer, he was running like hell and he was making the shot,” said Roberdo, who fell to the court at one point drawing blood after chasing a ball.

“It’s one thing if you fall down like I did. I had blood and it’s normal that trainer gets in.

“But for having pain … I had pain, all over my body because I think I run a lot more than him, and I said nothing.”

Robredo said he doubts the true nature of Djokovic’s complaints: “Do I trust him? No. He took his time because he was a little bit more tired and that’s a part of the game.

“It helped him a lot.

“I was running like hell and my feet were burning but I say nothing, no? I think that if you’re not fit enough, then don’t play.”

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Davydenko multiple racquet smash signals frustrating season

Nikolay Davydenko smashed all four of his match racquets in frustration as the fifth seed fell to number 130 Gilles Muller of Luxembourg to exit the US Open in the fourth round.

But Davydenko’s gesture may have been an empty one with reports circulating that the under-fire Russian is set to be exonerated by the ATP after a 14-month probe into alleged match-fixing.

But by now, Davydenko often seems too spent to care.

“I just have trouble with racquet, that’s why I broke them all,” he said after going down to outsider Muller Tuesday. “I’ve never done that in my career.”

“Last year I broke maybe one,” said the man who won the Miami title in March using the same weapon for nine days. “I didn’t have for (a possible) fifth set anymore.”

Davydenko, who has always proclaimed his innocence after he lost an August 2007 match that was later deemed suspicious by the ATP due to a massive internet gambling take - betting was later annulled - has surely been worn down by the continuing and unsubstantiated drama in his life.

“I was really tired just this year. I just played tennis and tried to prepare. I didn’t practice so much really. I didn’t make a special effort.

“I can beat everyone, and I can lose to everyone. Today he was playing good. I normally would have had a chance to win, but I didn’t.

“It’s not about the investigation. I wanted to win, but I didn’t.”

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