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Davydenko mentally drained from heightened match-fixing concerns

Nikolay Davydenko quickly has become the poster boy for the match-fixing scandals that have knocked the tennis world off tilt. Now Davydenko, who plays the most grueling schedule of anyone on tour, would do anything to fade back into anonymity.

Originally Published: November 15, 2007
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

SHANGHAI -- Not that long ago, Nikolay Davydenko would wonder why a top player of his talents was routinely being ignored.

Nowadays, Davydenko appears to be pining for the old days of anonymity, the days when his name was typically no more than a score mention, despite his top-five ranking. At least, that was the point that came across while he admitted to feeling mentally drained upon his arrival this week in Shanghai for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup.

All that flying under ...

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