Sam Querrey, the 18th seed, advanced to the second round at Wimbledon on Tuesday after Sergiy retired because of a cold. The American was leading 7-6(4), 6-3, 2-1 when Stako announced he had to quit the match. The Ukrainian caught a cold last weekend and had a fever.
Sergiy will try to play doubles (teaming with Lukasz Lacko) and mixed doubles. In the first round, they will play against Alejandro Falla and Santiago Giraldo of Colombia.
Sergiy Stakhovsky out-served seventh-seeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic to win the third ATP World Tour title of his career on Saturday at the UNICEF Open. Both players dined out together in 's-Hertogenbosch on Thursday and Friday nights.
The Ukrainian, who also beat Tipsarevic en route to his first title at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors in February 2008, triumphed 6-3, 6-0 in 56 minutes. Stakhovsky did not drop a set in five matches, winning 43 of 46 service games, at the ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tennis tournament.
Stakhovsky won 250 South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking points and earned €72,500 in prize money, while Tipsarevic – who was also appearing in his first grass-court final...
Sergiy is one win away from his third ATP World Tour title after defeating Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-4 today in the semifinals of the UNICEF Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
In the first set, Sergiy was forced to rally from a 1-3 deficit before winning the next five games to seal the first set 6-3 in 32 minutes. Stako carried the momentum from the first set and managed to break his opponent to love in the first game of the second set. At that point, Malisse started to show signs of frustration as he slammed the racket on the ground. Serving at 2-1, however, Sergiy didn’t hold his service game. At 3-all, Sergiy produced some brilliant tennis on Malisse’s serve and broke again to take...
Sergiy was on top form today as he motored to a 6-3, 6-4 over world No. 57 Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, recording his third ATP World Tour semifinal of his career. Prior to advancing to the semi-finals of the UNICEF Open, Sergiy has reached semifinals at Zagreb (2008) and St. Petersburg (2009) and never lost at this stage of the tournament, going on to win both titles.
Stako was strong on his serve without giving the Colombian a chance to attack. Giraldo had only three break points in the match, converting just one. Over the match, 69 percent of Stako’s first serves went in, and of those he won 77 percent. He hit 7 aces and didn’t commit a single double fault.
Sergiy progressed to his second ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season after he ousted Dutch wild card Igor Sijsling 6-2, 7-6(4) in 70 minutes. Stako also reached last eight at Nice in May (lost to Fernando Verdasco).
Sergiy dominated the first set courtesy of his solid serve and returns, breaking his opponent twice and winning 6-2. The second set saw no breaks of serve and was decided by a tie-break, which Stako took 7-4.
The World No. 71 improved to a 13-12 season mark.
In the quarter-finals to be played tomorrow, Sergiy will be up against Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. They have never played before.
Sergiy made a strong start to the UNICEF Open today, easily defeating Belgian qualifier Kristof Vliegen 6-2, 6-1 and halting a three-match losing streak. The match lasted one hour and 12 minutes.
Stako played some of his best tennis today, converting 4 of 11 break points he created. His opponent had only two break point opportunities, but failed to convert them both. The Ukrainian recorded 4 aces and no double faults, compared to Vliegen’s 2 aces and 2 double faults.
In the second round, he will face Dutch wild card Igor Sijsling, who unexpectedly beat No. 6 seed Thiemo de Bakker in the first round. Sergiy and Sijsling have never played before.
Unseeded pairing Sergiy and Mikhail Youzhny won their first ATP World Tour doubles title together Sunday as they defeated No. 2 seeds Martin Damm and Filip Polasek 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 in the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle. The winners of the ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tennis tournament received 250 ATP World Tour ranking points and €36,450.
Sergiy and Youzhny, who teamed up for the first time at Roland Garros two weeks ago, saved one match point as they battled past fourth seeds Michael Kohlmann and Jarkko Nieminen in the first round and then ousted top seeds Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak in the semi-finals.
In a match featuring 15 break points, both...
Sergiy recently launched the "Ace The Cancer Fund," in support of the National Ukrainian Institute of Cancer. From 5 May, Stako has agreed to donate $5 for every ace he hits when playing ATP World Tour tournaments. The 24-year-old Ukrainian strongly believes that cancer treatment should never be stopped or slowed down because of lack of funding. Given the changing times and the rising cost of healthcare, Sergiy’s dream is to make the difference that it takes to make that fight for survival a better one. He is hoping to encourage other people to donate funds to the Institute.
Sergiy's father, Eduard, is a Professor of Oncology and works at the Institute.
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Sergiy didn’t prevail in an opening test today at the Gerry Weber Open, losing 6-1, 7-5 to Andreas Beck of Germany in one hour and 25 minutes.
The 24-year-old German converted five of six break point opportunities he created, compared to Sergiy’s only two of six. Stako struggled with his second serve as he achieved 30 percent of second serve points won, whereas Beck achieved 50 percent.
Sergiy also competes in doubles partnering Mikhail Youzhny. They have already advanced to the second round in which they will face the winner of the match between Marx/Zelenay and Bopanna/Qureshi.
Ace The Cancer Fund: Sergiy hit 5 aces today which means that another 25 USD will...