The Spaniard read out a passionate statement after his 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 win over Hungarian Marton Fucsovics at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s .

The day before, reports in Spain claimed that two former footballers under investigation for match-fixing had advised a contact to back against him and his partner Marc Lopez in a Wimbledon doubles match in 2017.

“Following reports in media that mentioned my name and my partner, Marc Lopez, I feel it is still important to come to you and absolutely deny any link with events described in relation to the allegations of match-fixing,” he said.

“Unfortunately, all tennis players are public figures and exposed to having our good name used beyond our control. For that reason, I will do everything within my power to defend myself against any such false accusations.

“Marc and I had immediately contacted the TIU to fully cooperate, and they confirmed that there had been no investigation about that match at Wimbledon 2017. We have full faith in the TIU and the role they play protecting our sport.

“I have always believed in the values of fair play. It has been the case during my long career and I stand for the integrity of the game, which is so important. I am now focused on giving my best, as always, and play with 100 per cent focus at Queen’s.”

Lopez faces Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round before taking to court alongside Andy Murray against no. 1 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles later in the day.

He admitted he was “shocked” at the allegations – which he only found out about when he read them online – and denied point-blank that he know the players involved, former Leeds star Raul Bravo and Carlos Aranda.

“Of course it’s not easy when you find yourself in an article saying that you might be a match fixer,” he said.

“This thing can happen to every one of us. That’s the problem that we have.

“Now I don’t want this thing to overshadow this doubles match. Since we agreed to play, I told everybody that it’s a very exciting moment for me.

“Andy is one of the best players in the history of tennis, and I’m very lucky to be playing this week with him.”

Murray has not yet spoken to Lopez about any of the allegations, as he has been preparing for his return at Queen’s separately with a mixture of partners while Lopez has been involved in the singles.

The Scot is set to play with Marcelo Melo at Eastbourne, and although there is still a question-mark over who the former world no. 1 will partner at Wimbledon, Lopez kept the door open to playing with Murray again in the future.

“We don’t have any expectations,” he said. “I mean, it’s going to be his first match and we haven’t played together. But grass is a good surface. It fits with our games. So we will see.

“If everything goes well, we might play another week in the future, but for the moment, the commitment is just for Queen’s.”

source: express.co.uk

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