Sergiy's Geneva Open campaign ended with a 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 first-round loss to Malek Jaziri of Tunisia on Tuesday. The match lasted one hour and 53 minutes.
Stako is still alive in doubles where he and his doubles partner I. Sergeyev defeated Thiago Alves and Olivier Charroin 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 in the first round. They next play No. 4 seeds Philipp Marx of Germany and Florin Mergea of Romania.
Stako hoped to play in Paris but unfortunately didn't get to the qualifying draw of the last ATP World Tour 1000 tournament of 2012. This is why he decided at the last moment to go to Geneva to play a Challenger event in Geneva, Switzerland. As a wildcard, he has already qualified for the main draw where he will meet Malek Jaziri of Tunisia.
Sergiy's qualifying draw results:
R1 vs Jeremy Corbiere: 6-3, 6-4
R2 vs Lucas Zweili: 6-2, 6-3
R3 vs No. 5 seed Moritz Baumann: 6-2, 6-2
Sergiy lost in the first round of the singles qualifying draw Saturday at the Swiss Indoors in Basel, Switzerland. He was beaten 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 by No. 1 seed Radek Stepanek, ranked 35th in the world. The match lasted a bit over two hours.
The Swiss Indoors is a professional tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts. Originally an event of the Grand Prix tennis circuit between 1970 and 1989. It is currently part of the World Tour 500 Series of the ATP World Tour. It is held annually at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, in October, since 1995.
Sergiy was ousted in his first quarterfinal of the season, falling to top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4 at the If Stockholm Open. The match lasted on ehour and 25 minutes.
The Frenchman won 81 per cent of his first-serve points to improve to 4-0 against Stako. Sergiy converted just one of his five break point chances compared to Tsonga's three of 13 break points.
With this loss, Sergiy dropped to a 16-28 mark on the season.
The If Stockholm Open was first held in 1969 and has been held at the Kungliga Tennishallen except for 1989-1994, when it was held at the Globe Arena. There have been six different Swedish titlists in the tournament's history. Thomas Johansson...
In his 30th tournament of 2012, Sergiy, currently ranked 92th in the world, reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final as he beat No. 5 seed Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5), 7-5 at the If Stockholm Open. Stako, who is making his debut at Stockholm, hit 16 aces (compared to Lopez’s 12) and saved all three break points he faced to clinch victory in one hour and 36 minutes.
With this win, Sergiy improved to a 16-27 match record on the season. He next plays either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Go Soeda of Japan.
Sergiy opened his If Stockholm Open campaign on Tuesday with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Yannick Mertens of Belgium. The match lasted 67 minutes.
Stako won 76 per cent of first-serve points and broke his opponent's serve twice, once in each set. Sergiy claimed his 15th match win of the season (15-27 record). This is his first showing in Stockholm.
He next faces either Feliciano Lopez or Paul-Henri Mathieu.
The If Stockholm Open was first held in 1969 and has been held at the Kungliga Tennishallen except for 1989-1994, when it was held at the Globe Arena. There have been six different Swedish titlists in the tournament's history. Thomas Johansson was the last home-grown titlist in...
In the final day of qualifying at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, Sergiy lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 to No. 1 seed Marinko Matosevic of Australia on Sunday. The match lasted one hour and 31 minutes. In the first round, Stako beat American Donald Young 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 29 minutes.
The main draw of the tournament starts tomorrow (Oct. 8). Next up for Sergiy is the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
Sergiy, playing as a qualifier, was edged by Cypriot Marcon Baghdatis 7-6(3), 7-5 in the first round of the Japan Open in Tokyo. The match lasted one hour and 39 minutes. The Cypriot improved his record against Stako to a 1-1 mark following his loss at New Haven in 2010.
Stako, making his first appearance at Tokyo, dropped serve twice, winning just 46 per cent of points on second delivery. His next tournament will be the Shanghai Rolex Masters, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. He has never made it past the first round.
Sergiy has qualified for this year's Rakuten Open which gets underway on Monday. Stako, currently ranked No. 95 in the world, beat Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the final round. The match lasted two hours and 10 minutes.
This is what Stako wrote on his Facebook page after the match: "It was a great day I am thrilled to be through, first two sets were slightly difficult but then my sushi power took me to a different level :-)"
In the first round of the qualifying draw, he defeated Totshihide Matsui 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-5. His first opponent in the main draw will be Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.