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Davydenko not sorry to see the back of 2007

india Updated: Dec 02, 2007 20:35 IST

As Russia conceded their Davis Cup crown to the United States on Saturday, world No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko admitted he wasn't sorry to see the end of a troubled 2007 season.

"Of course it's a relief for me that the season's over and that I remained fourth in the rankings - and I'm not going to hear anything from the press in all of December because I'll be in Thailand where they can't get at me," he said.

Davydenko, 26, has been the subject of an ATP Tour probe after suspicious betting patterns relating to a match he played in Poland in August.

He and his wife and brother have all been questioned after huge sums were bet on Argentine journeyman Martin Vassallo Arguello, who lost the first set but won the match when Davydenko retired injured.

While the probe may not be over, Davydenko said he wasn't closely involved in the procedure.

"In point of fact, it's lawyers and managers who are handling this, so it's their affair," he said.

The gambling probe wasn't Davydenko's only run-in with tennis authorities this year. He successfully appealed a 2,000-dollar penalty for "lack of effort" after an error-strewn defeat to Croatian qualifier Marin Cilic at the St. Petersburg Open.

The ATP rescinded the fine after a video review.

Davydenko was eliminated in the first round of the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai in December, and was relegated to doubles duty only at this Davis Cup final.

Russian captain Shamil Tarpischev said that decision was tactical, implying it had nothing to do with the gambling probe and everything to do with the fact that Davydenko was a combined 0-11 against US singles players Andy Roddick and James Blake.

Roddick and Blake both posted victories in Friday's opening singles matches, and the world No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan beat Davydenko and Igor and Andreev 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to seal the victory for the Americans.

Davydenko said his next step would be a holiday.

"I've set down my racquet until December 10," he said. "I'm just going to get ready for the next season in December and we'll see what comes next."