Stako suffered a first-round loss on Tuesday at the US Open, losing in four sets to No. 18 seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. Wawrinka, who made it to the semi-finals in Cincinnati, beat Sergiy 6-7(8), 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-2 in a bit over three hours. It was the first meeting between the two.
--- Wawrinka served 12 aces to Stako's 3;
--- Sergiy converted just two of his seven break point chances, while Wawrinka converted five of 10;
--- Wawrinka won a total of 146 points to Stako's 123.
In doubles action, Sergiy teams up with Viktor Troicki to take on Germans Michael Kohlmann and Bjorn Phau.
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World No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga edged past Sergiy 7-6(1), 6-4 in the third round of the Winston-Salem Open on Wednesday. The match lasted one hour and 35 minutes.
The Frenchman, who improved to a 3-0 record against Stako, converted two of his eight break point chances in the match.
"I feel okay because I feel have good legs, move well, [am] physically strong and I hit the ball well. Now I have to be a bit more focussed on important points," said Tsonga.
Sergiy will next fly to New York for the US Open, which begins on August 27th.
Sergiy cruised into the third round of the Winston-Salem Open on Tuesday, dismissing Spain's Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-3. The match lasted 73 minutes.
Stako converted four of his six break point opportunities and won 84 per cent of points on first serve. He improved to a 12-21 match record on the season.
For a place in the quarter-finals, Sergiy will face No. 1 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France. They have played twice before and the Frenchman won on both occasions.
photo: Sergiy in quarter-final, Winston-Salem 2011
Sergiy qualified for the Winston-Salem Open and now is through to the main draw second round after beating Gilles Muller 7-6(4), 6-4 Monday. The match lasted one hour and 50 minutes. Stako converted one of his nine break point chances and saved all eight break points he faced on serve during the match.
In the qualifying draw, he first beat Frederik Nielsen and then John Harrison Richmond, both in straight sets. In the final round, however, he was pushed to three sets by Sanam Singh before winning 6-7(8), 6-3, 6-3.
Sergiy is making his second appearance at the Winston-Salem Open. Last year he reached the quarter-finals (lost to Julien Benneteau).
Qualifier Stako is out in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio as he lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to No. 12 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia. The match lasted one hour and 57 minutes.
After the first two close sets were shared in a bit over one hour, Cilic raised his game to new heights in the third set. The Croat dropped just four points on serve and didn't face a single break point, breaking Sergiy once to take the set 6-4.
Sergiy's next tournament will be the Winston Salem Open which begins on August 19th.
Sergiy, who made it through the qualifying rounds to earn a spot in the main draw of the Rogers Cuo in Toronto, lost his first-round encounter with Spaniard Marcel Granollers, 4-6 6-4 6-3 on Tuesday. The match lasted two hours and 8 minutes.
Stako is making his third consecutive appearance at the Rogers Cup. He reached the second round in 2010 and 2011.
The Canadian Open, currently known as the Rogers Cup, is an annual tennis tournament held in Canada. The men's competition is a Masters 1000 event on the ATP Word Tour.
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