6 years ago

New Haven: Stako Wins 4th Career Title!!!

Sergiy claimed his fourth career ATP World Tour title after rallying from a set down to beat Denis Istomin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Pilot Pen Tennis Saturday in New Haven. The match lasted one hour and 43 minutes. Congratulations Sergiy!!!

Sergiy was in trouble when he dropped serve early in the opening set to go 2-0 down. From that point, both players held serve to the end, Istomin winning it 6-3.

Stako started the second set on a strong note, holding serve to love in the first game and then breaking his opponent’s serve to 30. The second set turned out to be an exact repeat of the first set. Seven games later, the Ukrainian levelled the match at one-set apiece after...

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6 years ago

New Haven: Stako Into 4th Career Final

Ninth seed Sergiy defeated Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth ATP World Tour final of his career. The match lasted 83 minutes.

Stako produced a classy performance today which was an awesome display of big serving from him and excellent strategic abilities. The 24-year-old Ukrainian didn’t face a single break point and only dropped 10 points on serve throughout the match. He broke De Bakker twice, in the eighth game of the first set and in the seventh game of the second.

Sergiy will next face either tenth-seeded Serbian Viktor Troicki or No. 15 seed Denis Istomin on Saturday.

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6 years ago

Sergiy Through to New Haven SFs

Sergiy caused a major upset with victory over top-seeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen Tennis Championships at Yale. The 24-year-old from Kiev won 5-7, 6-1, 7-6(4) in two hours and 23 minutes to advance to his fourth ATP World Tour semi-final of his career.

In the first set, Sergiy managed to fight off a few break points before he was broken by in-form Baghdatis in the eleventh game. As a result, he lost the first set 5-7. In the second, however, Stako broke all three of his opponent’s service games to take the set comfortably, 6-1. The fight for victory in the deciding set brought out the best in both players; they traded breaks once and took the...

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6 years ago

New Haven: Stako Into QFs

World No. 47 Sergiy advanced to his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season after he ousted Spaniard Tommy Robredo 7-6(5), 6-2 in the third round of the Pilot Pen Tennis. The match lasted 63 minutes.

The two players exchanged one break of serve each before the set went to a tie-break. Sergiy’s class stood out as he won 7-5. The second set was one-sided for Stako who broke Robredo three times. The Spaniard did his best to come back, but only managed to break Sergiy’s serve once.

The Ukrainian improved to a 19-18 season mark.

In the quarter-finals, Sergiy will be up against top seed Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. They have never played before on the ATP Tour.

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6 years ago

New Haven: Sergiy Toughs It Out

After receiving a first-round bye, the ninth-seeded Sergiy rallied from a set and 0-2 to beat Peter Luczak of Australia in the second round of the Pilot Pen Tennis at Yale, the final stop before the US Open. The rain-interrupted match lasted three hours and 8 minutes.

Luczak breezed through the opening set 6-2 after breaking the Ukrainian in the first and seventh game. The Australian took an early break and raced to a 2-0 lead in the second set when rain forced players from the court. Upon resumption, Sergiy managed to break back and take the set to a tie-breaker, which he won 7-5, forcing a deciding set. There were no breaks of serve in the third set and only three break point chances, all to...

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6 years ago

Cincinnati: Roddick Overcomes Stako

Sergiy bowed out in the first round of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, losing to American Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1 in two hours and 16 minutes at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati.

The first set featured only one break of serve and proved decisive for ninth-seeded American, who took it 6-4. In the second set, Stako put up a strong fight winning 25 of 27 first-serve points and held serve till the score reached 6-6. The Ukrainian came back from 2-5 down in the tie-break to win it 7-5, forcing the match into a decider. In the third set, however, Roddick found top gear taking 5 straight games. In the sixth game lasting nearly 12 minutes, Sergiy saved four...

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6 years ago

Toronto: Berdych Ousts Stako

This year’s Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych posted a 6-2, 6-4 win over Sergiy in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The match lasted 91 minutes.

Berdych broke Sergiy’s serve twice in the first set and once in the second. Stako had only one break point chance and squandered it.

"It was quite a tough match, even though two and four doesn't look like it," Berdych said after the match. "Sergiy is playing a lot of slice, chip and charge, and coming to the net and sometimes just really fast from the baseline... You don't know what to expect like for the next shot. I needed to stay really focused for every point. That's what I did and I'm happy that I got...

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6 years ago

Toronto: Stako Snaps Losing Streak

World No. 48 Sergiy impressed in his opening match of the Rogers Cup as he downed former world No. 7 Richard Gasquet of France 7-5, 6-1. With this victory, the Ukrainian snapped a four-match losing streak on the ATP World Tour and improved to a 17-16 match record on the season.

Stako took an early break in the first set, but the Frenchman managed to break back. At 5-5, the Ukrainian put pressure on Gasquet’s serve and broke his service game for the second time in the match before taking a one-set lead, finishing off with two aces. Gasquet then held serve in the opening game of the second set and from that point on, it was all Sergiy. As it turned out, the only game Gasquet won was the first...

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