Sergiy and Illya Marchenko gave Ukraine a 2-0 lead after the opening day of their Davis Cup Group I first round tie against Romania in Megaron Tennis Club. Stako put the Ukrainians in the driving seat with a 6-3 6-1 6-4 win over Adrian Ungur, while Illya Marchenko beat Victor Hanescu 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 after fighting back from two sets to love down. Marchenko's win in Friday's second singles rubber gave Ukraine a commanding advantage ahead of Saturday's doubles.
On Day 2, however, it was the Romanian duo Hanescu/Tecau who defeated Ukrainians Bubka/Molchanov to keep their hopes alive before Sunday's singles rubbers.
R4 Sergiy vs Victor Hanescu
Having missed the chance to enter the World Group after defeat by Spain in September, Ukraine will host Romania in the first round of the 2014 competition. The tie will take place in Dnipropetrovsk.
Last tie 13-15 September 2013
Ukraine travelled to Spain in the World Group play-offs and came up short against a home team that included Rafael Nadal on his return to the competition. The task proved too much for the visitors and Spain ran out 5-0 victors.
Ukraine's best Davis Cup performance came in 2009, when reaching the World Group play-offs. As an independent nation, Ukraine first played in the competition in 1993.
Sergiy's 2014 Australian Open campaign came to an end already in the opening round with a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 2-6, 0-6 loss to world no.78 Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia on Tuesday.
The Kiev native landed just 36% of his second service points during the match that lasted two hours and 51 minutes. He was broken nine times from 17 opportunities, while managing to convert only three of his six break point chances.
Match stats: aces (14-5), double faults (8-4), total points won (112-133).
Sergiy, who is no.82 in the ATP rankings, lost in the first round last year too.
Singles draw has been revealed for the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, taking place in Melbourne, from January 13 to January 26. 128 players will compete during the fourteen days of the hard court Major event.
Sergiy will face world no.78 Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia in the opening round, in their second career encounter (1-0).
He could meet no.31 seed Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the second round.
It will be Stako’s sixth appearance at Melbourne Park. His best result in singles so far is third round in 2011.
World no.101 and the Apia International Sydney qualifier Sergiy lost in attempt to reach the final of the ATP World Tour 250 tournament on Friday.
He fell to defending champion and home crowd favourite Bernard Tomic in three sets 7-6(4), 5-7, 3-6. The match lasted two hours and 14 minutes.
Statistics: aces (11-8), double faults (6-0), total points won (102-112).
The Australian saved seven of the eight break points he faced and broke Stako four times from 10 opportunities.
Sergiy will next compete at the first Grand Slam event of the season, the Australian Open (January 13-26). He will open quest against Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia.
Sergiy has progressed into the last four of the Apia International ATP tournament in Sydney with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Marinko Matosevic in 72 minutes. The 28-year-old Kiev native, ranked no.101 in the world, landed 70% of his first service points and broke his rival`s serve four times from seven opportunities.
Match statistics: aces (7-2), double faults (3-2), total points won (66-56).
Stako will take on no.52-ranked Bernard Tomic on Friday for a place in the final.
The 21-year-old Australian leads their H2H 1-0.
Sergiy soared into the last eight of the Apia International Sydney with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over France's Julien Benneteau, seeded 6th. Stako, who scored his fifth straight win in Sydney, completed the win in just 67 minutes.
- Sergiy converted five of his seven break point opportunities, while Benneteau broke his serve only once
- Stako won 76 per cent of his first-serve points to the Frenchman's 53 per cent
- Sergiy won a total of 62 points to Benneteau's 42
Stako will take on wildcard Marinko Matosevic in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The two have played twice before and they are tied at 1-1.
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Sergiy, who won three matches in the qualifying singles draw, safely bypassed the challenge of Argentina's Carlos Berlocq on Tuesday to move into the second round of the Apia International Sydney.
In the last warm-up event prior to the Australian Open, which begins next week, Stako beat the Argentinian 6-3, 6-4 in 71 minutes.
Stako forced two breaks of serve in each set, dropping serve only once in the second set.
For a place in the quarterfinal, Sergiy meets Frenchman Julien Benneteau, seeded 6th. The two have played twice before and are tied at 1-1.
Sergiy posted three wins at the Apia International Sydney qualifying draw to earn a spot in the bracket that features Juan Martin Del Potro and Jerzy Janowicz as top seeds.
Here are the scores:
Q1 Sergiy vs Kenny De Schepper (6) 7-6, 6-4
Q2 Sergiy vs Frank Dancevic 6-3, 6-2
Q3 Sergiy vs Henri Laaksonen 6-2, 6-1
In the first round main-draw match, Sergiy will play Carlos Berlocq of Argentina. Stako has played him once before and won 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 in the first round of the qualifying draw at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Madrid last year.