Sergiy has been knocked out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Wednesday after he lost 7-6(5), 6-3 to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the second round. The match lasted one hour and 30 minutes.
The first set went on serve (they had just one break point opportunity each) and ended in a tie-break in which Djokovic held nerve to win 7-5. At the beginning of the second set, it was Sergiy who took initiative and raced to a 3-1 lead. Unfortunately, world No. 1 broke back and then broke again later to serve out the match for a 6-3 win, finishing off with an ace.
"I was expecting a lot of serve and volley attacks, especially after first serve," said Novak Djokovic. "He was...
Sergiy has set up a meeting with No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. In his first-round match Stako needed 37 minutes to sweep aside wild card Omar Awadhy 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday. With this win, he improved to a 3-3 record in Dubai as he broke Awadhy's serve five times from eight opportunities.
This is Sergiy's fourth appearance in Dubai. Last year he reached quarterfinals where he lost to Roger Federer in straight sets.
Stako has played Novak Djokovic twice before and lost on both occasions.
Stako was defeated 6-4, 6-4 by No. 4 seed Milos Raonic of Canada in the second round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis on Thursday. The match lasted one hour and 13 minutes. It was the pair’s second meeting and Raonic leads the series 2-0 now.
Big-serving Canadian won 94 percent of points on first serve during the match and saved both break points he faced. He won a total of 65 points compared to Sergiy’s 51.
With this loss, Stako falls to a 3-6 mark on the season.
Sergiy topped American Robert Kendrick 6-3, 7-6(6) at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships Tuesday to reach the second round in Memphis.
In addition to hitting 10 aces, Stako was almost unstoppable when he got his first serve in play, winning 25 of 27. He converted one of two break point chances and never faced a break point en route to a 72-minute victory.
The 26-year-old from Kiev will take on either Ernests Gulbis or Milos Raonic next.
Stako retired with a fever against Alex Bogomolov Jr. in the second set of his opening match Wednesday at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
At 3-6 1-0, Sergiy walked over to his opponent and shook the Russian player’s hand, unable to continue.
Stako followed up his singles victory on Friday by teaming up with Denys Molchanov to dismiss Guillaume Couillard and Thomas Oger 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-4. The victory means that Ukraine moved into an unassailable 3-0 lead and reached the second round of Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II.
Ukraine next plays either Cyprus or Morocco in April hoping to return to Group I.
Stako put Ukraine ahead of Monaco 2-0 following his 6-1, 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-3 win against Jean Lisnard.
In the opening rubber, Ilya Marchenko defeated Benjamin Balleret 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.
Sergei Bubka and Denys Molchanov will aim to clinch the tie when they square off against G. Couillard and T. Oger on Saturday.