Terry616 said: ''lol i backed (Tipsarevic) at like 2.4 before he even won the set. He wins the set and now its 2.8. uh oh.'' Vaprus Parnu said: ''Oh boy, this doesn't look good ......'' Dstyle said: ''good god this is blatant.''More than 700 comments were posted on that particular thread. To the surprise of few following the betting patterns, Zeballos claimed the final two sets to take out an otherwise unlikely victory. Tipsarevic showed no signs of injury or illness during the match and afterwards offered no explanation other than to Tweet: "Biggest choke EVER...All my life playing like **** when I defend the points (finals here last year) on the same week...sigh...no comment..." He seemed to get over it quickly enough, though, Tweeting three hours later, "Eating the best beef Stroganoff in the world. Pushkin restaurant in Moscow... :)" Due to its global reach and ability to provide betting in-the-run on fixtures not normally carried by other bookmakers, Betfair is disproportionately exposed to contests out of reach of close scrutiny. Betfair spokesman, Hugh Taggart, told BackPageLead that the agency was aware of the unexpected patterns in the Tipsarevic-Zeballos contest. He also confirmed that Betfair has settled all accounts on the market, which traded at around $3.5m -- a figure considered high but not abnormal. Betfair operates a Memorandum of Understanding with the ATP and if they consider the match to be of enough cause for concern they can choose to pass on their information to the sport’s governing body to progress any inquiry. To safeguard the integrity of the competition and the players involved, Betfair is unable to confirm if the ATP has been informed of any irregularities. So it is now up to Betfair and the ATP to decide if the issue goes any further. In the meantime, BackPageLead will think twice about outlaying any hard-earned on Tipsarevic or Zeballos matches any time soon. *(Editor's note: BackPageLead and Crikey is not implying or suggesting in any way that Betfair has acted improperly. We believe that any problem tennis might have with irregular results is up to the ATP and its anti-corruption unit to investigate.) **Back Page Lead is a sports opinion website that provides sports content to Crikey.
The strange case of Janko v Horacio
Janko Tipsarevic, of Serbia, and Argentina's Horacio Zeballos faced off in the Kremlin Cup. Zeballos won. Nothing too strange about that, except the manner in which the match unfolded soon raised alarm bells and red flags, says Jonathan Howcroft.