Sergiy lost 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4 to Argentina’s Juan Monaco in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open on Saturday. The match lasted two hours and 34 minutes.
Having lost the first set 6-4, Stako came back in a second tie-break to level things out. The deciding set went to Monaco who was far more consistent on second serve throughout the match, winning 68 per cent of second deliveries to Stako’s 37 per cent.
In doubles play, Sergiy is partnering Mikhail Youzhny.
Sergiy was among Thursday’s first-round winners at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami as he blew past Bulgarian qualifier Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-4 in 69 minutes.
From 2-2 in the first set, Stako took control of the set by taking the next four games to win 6-2. Sergiy’s momentum continued in the second set as he grabbed an early break. Dimitrov then broke back to tie the set 3-3. Three games later, Sergiy played a solid game at 5-4 on Dimitrov’s serve and clinched victory.
Sergiy next will play No. 32 seed Juan Monaco for a place in the third round. This will be the first meeting between the two.
In the fourth rubber on Sunday, Sergiy defeated Jesse Huta Galung 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-4 to draw Ukraine level at 2-2.
In the decisive fifth rubber, however, Illya Marchenko was beaten by Robin Haase 6-7(0), 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-2 and the Netherlands advanced to second round of the Davis Cup Euro-African Zone Group One. Ukraine will have to fight to stay in Group One.
The Dutch team has pulled ajead of Ukraine 2-1 in the Davis Cup Group I Europe/Africa tie after winning its doubles rubber.
Sergiy and Sergei Bubka were defeated by Thiemo De Bakker and Robin Haase 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(9) on Saturday.
The best-of-five series will be settled in Sunday’s reverse singles. Stako will face Thiemo De Bakker before Illya Marchenko takes on Robin Haase.
Ukraine finds itself tied at 1-1 with the Netherlands after the first day’s play of the Davis Cup Group I Europe/Africa first round tie. Sergiy was made to work hard to give the host nation a 1-0 lead, battling past Robin Haase 6-1, 6-4, 6-7(2), 4-6, 6-2.
Stako's victory could prove to be crucial for Ukraine after Dutch No. 1 Thiemo De Bakker hit back in the second rubber to defeat Illya Marchenko 7-6(3), 7-6(6), 6-4.