World No. 4 Andy Murray enjoyed a straight-sets 6-3, 6-2 win over Sergiy in the second round of the Barcelona Open on Tuesday. The match lasted one hour and 19 minutes.
The decisive break came in the fourth game of the first set. Stako came back from 15-40 to deuce in this game, but his opponent capitalised on his third break point to take a 3-1 lead. From that point on, the set went on serve until Murray wrapped up the set after holding to love in the ninth game.
In the second set, Sergiy dropped serve in the third and fifth games to go 4-1 down. The next two games were holds before World No. 4 took the eighth game and sealed the match.
Stako notched his first match win on clay courts this season, defeating Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 6-2, 6-3 on Monday at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. The match lasted 62 minutes. With this win, Sergiy improves to a 7-9 record on the season.
The 26-year-old from Kiev, who is making his second appearance at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament, hit four aces and converted three of four break point opportunities throughout the match.
Awaiting in the second round is world No. 4 Andy Murray, who received a 'bye' in the first round. Stako has played him three times and lost all three encounters.
No. 3 seed Sergiy was eliminated in the opening round of the qualifying draw at the 2012 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Sunday. He lost a three-setter to Italy's Alessandro Giannessi, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-0. The match lasted a little bit over two hours.
Stako dropped the first set 6-2, but battled back in the second set tie-break to knot the match. In the third and decisive set Giannessi broke Sergiy's serve three times and didn't drop a single game before clinching victory.
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Ukraine demolished Cyprus 5-0 in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Group II second round tie in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. In singles matches on Sunday, Denys MOlchanov defeated Sergis Kyratzis 6-2, 6-2 and Vladyslav Manafov scored a 6-3, 6-2 win over Christos Hadjigeorgiou.
Ukraine will next play Latvia in September with the winners being promoted to Group I.
Ukrainian captain Mikhail Filima made a change to his doubles line-up, bringing in Sergiy who temaed up with Denys Molchanov. The decision paid dividends as their opponents from Cyprus never made an impact in the match. The match ended with a scoreline of 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Ukraine leads 3-0 and advances.
The two teams will play the last two reverse singles matches tomorrow.
Ukraine have jumped to a comfortable 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Group II second round tie with Cyprus in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Ukraine's No. 1 Sergiy outplayed Christos Hadjigeorgiou 6-1, 6-2, 6-1, before Sergei Bubka defeated Sergis Kyratzis 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3.
Ukraine's Manafov teams up with Molchanov in doubles on Saturday against Cuzdriorean and Georgiou. Play begins at 11am local time.
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