Suspicious betting: TIU investigates surprise Dolgopolov defeat

Suspicious betting: TIU investigates surprise Dolgopolov defeat

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Posted by Luke Massey
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The odds shifted away from the favourite before the start

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) is considering the “suspicious betting patterns” during Alexandr Dolgopolov's match at the Winston-Salem Open, after the favourite suffered a surprise defeat to Brazilian Thiago Monteiro without creating a single break point chance.

As the match started, several bookmakers decided not to offer the match at all because of the “highly unusual odds movements”. For example, Pinnacle saw “something untoward” and pulled the match over an hour before the start, after the Ukrainian world number 63 Dolgopolov drifted to 1.63 (61.35% chance) from 1.36 (73.5% chance) in just a 20-minute period.

Meanwhile, bet365 continued offering the match up until Dolgopolov reached a price of 2.37 (42.2% chance), while Coral stopped the market once he had reached 2.50 (40% chance). Victory for Monteiro, achieved in just 55 minutes, represented the first time the world number 114 had not faced a single break point in a hard-court match.

A statement from the TIU read: "The TIU was made aware of concerns over betting patterns during the match. As with all match alerts, the TIU will assess, make a judgement and take appropriate action on the information received through its co-operative agreements with betting operators."

Totally Gaming says: The TIU, set up to police the sport in 2008, has been hit with another high-profile case. The anti-corruption body has stressed that "an alert on its own is not evidence of match-fixing", but there is a cloud gathering over the outcome of this match. It was just the third time in two seasons that the Ukrainian, a former top 20 player, has failed to muster a single break point, with the other two instances coming against Roger Federer.

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