Santoro speaks out

PARIS. — Fabrice Santoro yesterday laughed off a suggestion that world number one Novak Djokovic deliberately lost to him at the Paris Masters tennis tournament in 2007.

The former French player spoke out after an Italian newspaper said Djokovic could have thrown the second round match 6-3, 6-2.

“I was never the best player in the world but I’d beaten 19 of the 23 best players in the world, and a week before I’d beaten American Andy Roddick, who was world number five,” Santoro, who was ranked 39 at the time, told BeIN Sports television.

Whilst Djokovic “had undoubtedly not played the match of his life”, Santoro refuted the suggestion that the Serbian had been involved in match-fixing.

“One has to be careful, you can’t just write any old thing, you have to have proof,” Santoro, now a commentator, said. — AFP.

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