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Guadeloupe Challenger Match Called “Suspicious”






A match between Olivier Rochus and Vincent Millot at the Guadeloupe Challenger two months ago has been identified as suspicious in a report into match-fixing presented to the European parliament.

The report was done by the Brussels-based Federbet, an organization of betting firms. It also identified 460 suspicious soccer matches, of which 110 were given as examples of match-fixing.

The tennis match was said to have received a collection of bets that there would be a one-set difference between the two players.

Rochus, who won 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, said he had not noticed anything unusual about the match. "For me, it was normal," he told Belgian press. "It was a tough, tight match and not decided by any big thing."

The Belgian insisted he had given his full effort, playing for two and a half hours in extremely hot conditions. "It was one of my first matches after my hip surgery. I was very motivated. I surprised myself by my achievement in holding on physically," he said.

He added that he had "nothing to reproach himself for."

"I don't know if there were bets on the match but they didn't come, in any case, from my side," he said. "If my opponent was in some kind of combination, it's up to him to defend himself."

Rochus, 33, was ranked as high as No. 24 but is now outside the top 400. Frenchman Millot, 28, is No. 203.


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