The BBC and BuzzFeed claimed 16 players who had reached the top 50 in the past decade, including Grand Slam champions had been repeatedly suspected of fixing matches for betting syndicates.
     
The report prompted a swift denial from authorities that any evidence of match-fixing had been suppressed, as well as speculation over the identities of the players involved.
     
Djokovic, after opening with a win over South Korea's Chung Hyeon played down the report but he also said he was targeted in 2007 to throw a first-round match at St Petersburg.

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"I was not approached directly. I was approached through people that were working with me at that time," he told reporters in Melbourne.
     
Djokovic was reportedly offered USD 200,000 to throw the match, in an incident which gives an insight into the murky  world of match-fixing, which the Serb called 'a crime in sport'.
     
"It (approach) made me feel terrible because I don't want to be anyhow linked to this kind of thing," he said.

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