Sergiy and Mikhail Youzhny overcame third seeds Melo/Soares4-6, 7-6, 10-5 in on ehour and 36 minutes for a semi-final berth at the 2010 Malaysian Open. It was the first head-to head meeting between the teams. The Ukrainian-Russian duo improved to a 12-4 record on the season. In the semi-finals, they will face top seeds Fyrstenberg/Matkowski of Poland.
Sergiy was defeated by qualifier Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6(8), 6-7(9), 6-3 in the tough second-round match at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. The match lasted two hours and 29 minutes and was the first meeting between the two.
The first two sets saw no breaks of serve and were decided by a tie-break. Sergiy took the first one 10-8 and had two match points in the second, but squandered them both, losing 9-11. In the third set, Sergiy dropped serve in the first game (which was the first break of serve in the match) and couldn’t break back as Raonic kept serving very well. Serving at 3-5, the Ukrainian was broken for the second and last time.
Seventh seed Sergiy saved two match points as he defeated American Michael Russell 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 Monday in a hard-fought first-round clash at the Malaysian Open, an ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament.
Stako came back from a 2-6, 0-3 deficit, saving two match points at 3-5 in the second set. The Ukrainian managed to level the match after winning the tie-break 7-4. Sergiy capitalized on two double faults from Russell in the eighth game of the third set an hit two aces in the last game to prevail in two hours and 47 minutes.
In the second round, Sergiy will face Igor Kunitsyn or wild card Milos Raonic.
During his stay in Ukraine, Sergiy was interviewed by Sapronov Tennis, the biggest Ukrainian tennis news website. The following is a translated extract from the interview:
When visiting Kharkov, you played golf at the Superior Golf Club. How did you start playing golf?
I started playing when I was in the US, about a year before my first visit to the Superior Golf Club. I must say that I didn’t do well and didn’t like it at the beginning. It was too quiet for me, too many rules and the code of ethics… But when I started playing more often, I got hooked. Then I came to Kharkov and saw that this sport was developing fast in our country. Now, when I have some free time, I try to...
Sergiy thrilled his young Ukrainian fans this week when he spent time with a whole group of children and wheelchair players during tennis clinics in Kharkov and Kiev, Ukraine. All participants received technique instruction (Sergiy showed his trademark shots!), games and contests (winners received rackets and had a photo session with Sergiy). The clinic ended with a match between Stako and one of the best wheelchair tennis players in Ukraine, Igor Karaninym. Sergiy was deeply moved by wheelchair players’ spirit and determination.
After the match, Sergiy signed autographs and answered journalists’ questions.
“I love being out on the court with kids who are so excited...
Sergiy is heading for his native Ukraine on Monday to conduct a series of clinics for kids in Kiev, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk. The first clinic for kids and wheelchair players will take place on September 15th in the "Tetra" Tennis Club, Kharkov (85 Sumskaya Str.) at 3pm. Please bring your children and spread the word about the clinic.
During his stay in Ukraine, Sergiy is also scheduled to take part in the press conference in Kiev which will be held on Thursday. More details will soon be presented on this site.
Sergiy’s seven-match winning streak ended in the US Open third round after he was forced to retire midway through his match against Feliciano Lopez due to a bad back. The 24-year-old Ukrainian was 3-6, 0-4 down when he decided to quit.
Stako extended his winning streak to seven matches as he defeated 18-year-old American qualifier Ryan Harrison 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(8) on Friday in the second round of the US Open. The Ukrainian came from the brink of elimination in the fifth set tie-break. With Harrison holding three match points at 6-3, Sergiy kept his nerve and won five straight points to close out the match in four hours and 13 minutes.
Stako summed up the match this way: “It was nice, I mean, except that 99.9 percent of the people were against me.”
Stako, the US Open 2004 junior runner-up, has never reached the third round at any Grand Slam tournament before.
Sergiy was given a test in his first-round match with Peter Luczak of Australia before prevailing 6-7(8), 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the second round of the US Open on Wednesday in New York.
The opening set saw no breaks of serve as both players had really strong service games and finished with a close tie-break which Luczak won 10-8. In the second set, Stako survived a real scare when he was 3-5 down, but managed to bounce back and level the scores 5-5. He then took the next 2 games to tie proceedings at a set apiece. The Ukrainian continued to grow in confidence and took the last two sets in comfortable fashion.
- For the match, Sergiy won 146 points...