Sergiy won’t defend the St. Petersburg title from last year as he lost 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to Benjamin Becker of Germany Wednesday in the first round. The match lasted two hours and 11 minutes.
The first set went with serve until the fifth game when the German earned a crucial break, courtesy of a cross-court passing-shot on break point, and held on to take the set 6-4. In the second set, both players served very well and held their service games with ease. Leading 6-5, Stako capitalized on the first break point opportunity and stole the set 7-5 when Becker hit a ball long. Serving at 3-3 in the third set, Sergiy dropped serve and Becker held for 5-3. Stako served and held to make it 4-5. In the...
Seven seed Sergiy was defeated 6-2, 7-6(4) by his fellow countryman and world No. 56 Alexandr Dolgopolov Thursday in the second round of the Kremlin Cup. The match lasted one hour and 22 minutes.
In the first set, while Stako failed to convert any of four break points, Dolgopolov won 80 per cent of first serves and broke Sergiy’s serve twice before taking the set 6-2. The second set was decided on a tiebreak, which Dolgopolov won 7-4 to advance to the quarter-finals.
With the loss, Stako fell to a 26-22 season mark.
Sergiy next will go to play the St. Petersburg Open where he is the defending champion. The tournament begins next week.
Seventh-seeded Sergiy, who reached the quarter-finals in Moscow last year, survived a scare in his opening match at the Kremlin Cup, saving three match points to edge American Michael Russell 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 and reach the second round of the ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament.
Stako broke his opponent once and held serve to take the first set 6-4. In the second set, the American converted the only break point opportunity of the set to take it 6-3 and level the match. Serving for the match at 5-4, Russell squandered three match points before dropping serve. The Ukrainian then secured a decisive break in the eleventh game and served it out in the next game to seal victory in two hours and...
Sergiy lost to world No. 118 qualifier Mischa Zverev of Germany 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(7) Monday in the first round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. The match lasted two hours and 12 minutes. After splitting sets, Sergiy was 2-5 down in the final set, but managed to come back. The match was decided with a tiebreaker in which the Ukrainian squandered a match point before his opponent finally pulled out the win.
- Zverev won 71 per cent of first serves compared to Stako’s 60 per cent
- The German converted 7 of 13 break point chances, while Sergiy converted all the five break points he had
- Zverev won 102...
Top seeds Fyrstenberg/Matkowski advanced to the final at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, after crushing Sergiy and Mikhail Youzhny 6-0, 6-1 on Saturday in the semi-finals.
The Poles converted five of seven break point chances and won 20 of 21 points on their first serve. The match lasted just 44 minutes.
Stako’s next tournament is the China Open in Beijing which begins today.