Savic is given life ban for match-fixing


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The Serbian tennis player David Savic has been banned for life after being found guilty of match-fixing. The 26-year-old, ranked 659th in the world, was also fined $100,000 (£64,100) for three violations.

He is the second player to be banned for life after Daniel Köllerer, who was also found guilty of match-fixing in May.

Savic was found guilty of the offences, which occurred in October last year, by the Tennis Integrity Unit. They include "contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an event". The ban begins with immediate effect.

Savic reached a career high as the world No 363 in 2009 but has never played above the Challenger circuit.

Andy Murray defeated Gilles Simon 6-2 3-6 6-2 to reach the final of the Thailand Open in Bangkok. The Scot appeared to be in control after breaking serve twice to win the first set but he was broken twice too as the Frenchman claimed the second. But the British No 1 broke early in the third and went on to win in one hour 53 minutes.

The top seed will contest his fourth final of the season against Donald Young of the United States, who saw off the second seed, Gaël Monfils of France, 4-6 7-6 7-6 to reach his first ATP final. Murray has played Young twice this year, losing to him at Indian Wells but defeating the 22-year-old at the US Open.