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