Sergiy’s French Open campaign came to an end in the third round with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 defeat by No. 7 seed David Ferrer of Spain. The match lasted one hour and 36 minutes.
This was Sergiy’s best French Open performance so far. Two years ago he reached the second round.
In the ATP World Tour rankings, Stako is provisionally in No. 32 spot, one below his career high.
No. 31 seed Sergiy took two hours and 48 minutes to defeat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3), setting up a third round match with No. 7 seed David Ferrer.
The first set was a breeze for Sergiy as Nishikori posed no threat at all. The Japanese battled in the second set, breaking Stako twice and taking the set 6-3. In the third set Sergiy broke for a 5-3 lead and served out for the set. He then was a brak up in the fourth set, but Nishikori came back to level at 4-all. The set ended with a tie-break in which Stako raced to a 6-1 lead. At 6-3, he sealed it with a service winner.
Sergiy beat Frenchman David Guez in the first round of the French Open 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday. The match lasted two hours and 53 minutes.
Stako had problems only in the first set. He was a break up, but the Frenchman came back to force a tie-break in which Sergiy wasted a set point before losing 9-7. From that point on there was only going to be one winner. Stako rolled through the next three sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.
In the second round to be played on Wednesday, he will face Kei Nishikori of Japan for the first time in his career.
Sergiy was ousted in the second round of the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur by 59th-ranked lucky loser Robin Haase 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday. The match lasted in 83 minutes.
The 24-year-old Dutchman broke Sergiy’s serve six times from ten opportunities, while Stako managed to convert only three of six break points.
Haase is in the draw as a lucky loser, after the withdrawal of Pablo Cuevas with a leg injury.
Sergiy’s next stop is Roland Garros which begins on Sunday.
Seventh- seeded Sergiy made a winning start to his campaign at the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur on Monday, defeating Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 7-6(5), 6-3 in the first round of the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament.
Stako broke serve three times from eight opportunities and won 76 per cent of points behind his first delivery as he sealed victory in one hour and 48 minutes.
Next up is Robin Haase. Sergiy has played him only once and won after a five-setter in the Davis Cup tie earlier this year.
Stako is out of the Rome Masters 1000 after a 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4 loss to lucky loser Jarkko Nieminen in the second round. The match lasted nearly tweo hours and a half.
Sergiy took the first-set tie-break 7-3, but then lost two sets and was knocked out of the tournament. The statistics of the match show that the match was extremely close. Nieminen had 10 break points and converted five. Sergiy had nine break points – most of them in the first set – and converted three. And even though Stako won more points in total (104-103, the match was decided by a single break in the third set.
Sergiy beat Victor Hanescu 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(6) in a thrilling match to reach the second round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. He was made to work for over two hours.
Stako took the first set 6-3, but lost the second one 6-1. In the decider, both players exchanged breaks in the first two games and then held until the tiebreak, in which Sergiy saved three match points in a row before winning 8-6.
He next will square off against lucky loser Jarkko Nieminen. They have played once before and Sergiy leads the series 1-0.
No.6 seed David Ferrer advanced to the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open on Thirsday, dispatching Sergiy 6-3, 7-6(3) in one hour and 30 minutes.
Stako dropped serve in the sixth game of the first set and Ferrer took full advantage to take the set, 6-3, in 26 minutes. Leading 2-1 in the second set , Sergiy converted the first break point of the match, but was immediately broken back in the next game. At 6-6 they went into a tie-break, Sergiy taking the initiative with a 3-2 lead, but Ferrer reeled off 5 points in a row to seal victory.
Stako beat John Isner 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(3) in the second round of the Madrid Open on Tuesday. The match lasted two hours and 17 minutes.
The opening set went on serve until the twelfth game when the big-serving American dropped serve to hand Stako the first set. In the second set Sergiy got broken in the first game and never even came close to breaking his opponent as Isner lost only 7 points on his serve. In the third set, which featured no breaks of serve and went to a tie-break, Stako wasted a match point at 5-4 on Isner’s serve. Leading 6-3 in the tie-break, however, he converted on a first match point to seal victory.
Next up is either David Ferrer or Adrian Mannarino.
Sergiy won a first-round clash against Albert Montanes at the Mutua Madrid Open, taking the grinding two hour and 25 minute match 7-6(6), 3-6, 7-6(5). He advances to play John Isner, who edged Mardy Fish in three sets.
The match was a close battle right from the start. The first set featured no break points and was decided by a tie-break in which Stako saved a set point before taking it 8-6. The second set went in the Spaniard’s favour as he broke twice and won it 6-3. The decider was very much the same as the first set (except the fact that Stako wasted two break points) as it went to a tie-break again. Montanes took a 4-0 lead in the tie-break, but Sergiy stormed back to go 6-5 ahead...