World No. 55 Sergiy was knocked out of the BNP Paribas Masters on Wednesday, after losing to Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the second round.
At 2-2 in the opening set, both players exchanged one break of serve each and then held until Cilic took a break for a decisive 5-4 lead and served out the set 6-4. The second set went on serve until 24-year-old Sergiy got the crucial break in the tenth game and took the set 6-4. In the third set, Cilic broke early to go 3-1 up. Serving at 1-3, Stako saved two break points to prevent a double-service-break deficit. Sergiy had his chances to level in the eighth game but squandered two break points. Serving at 3-5 to stay in the match, Sergiy...
Sergiy opened his BNP Paribas Masters campaign Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over his fellow countryman Ilya Marchenko. Stako dismissed the Ukrainian qualifier in one hour and 13 minutes. Throughout the match, Sergiy lost 13 points on his serve and converted four of 12 break points. The match featured 11 aces, nine from Sergiy.
Last year Sergiy was defeated by Arnaud Clement in the second qualifying round.
In the second round, Stako will play Marin Cilic of Croatia. If he wins, he will face Andy Murray in the third round.
Former world No. 6 Gilles Simon of France converted three of 12 break point opportunities to beat Sergiy 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the Valencia Open 500. The match lasted one hour and 23 minutes.
Stako had only one break point opportunity throughout the match and squandered it. He fired 2 aces and had 4 double faults compared to Simon’s 3 aces and no double faults.
After today’s loss, the Ukrainian has a 26-24 season mark.
He next will play the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris which begins next week.