Sergiy produced a solid performance in the second round action at the Australian Open on Thursday, but it wasn't enough to beat the ninth-seeded David Ferrer.
The Spaniard came back from a set down to record a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory in two hours and 15 minutes.
Stako broke once in the opening set to move ahead, but couldn't keep pace with one of the most agile and resolute players on the Tour in the rest of the match.
Stats: aces (13-2), double faults (5-4), winners (46-31), unforced errors (43-16), total points won (99-122).
Sergiy overcame a dangerous first-round test in Dusan Lajovic, topping the Serbian world no.68 in five sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4 at the Australian Open on Tuesday.
Stako was serving for the match at 5-3 in the fourth set, when Lajovic fought back to force a decider.
However, the Kiev native regained his composure and with a crucial break in the seventh game clinched the set and match to reach the second round in Melbourne.
Sergiy converted six of his 15 break point opportunities and saved 13 of the 16 break points he faced during the 3 hour, 31-minute encounter.
Match statistics: aces (14-4), double faults (6-0), total points won (180-169).
Singles draw has been revealed for the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, taking place in Melbourne, from January 19 to February 1.
128 players will compete during the fourteen days of the hard court Major event. Sergiy will face world no.65 Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in the opening round, in their first career encounter.
He could meet no.9 seed Spaniard David Ferrer in the second round.
It will be Stako’s seventh appearance at Melbourne Park. His best result in singles so far is third round in 2011.
Sergiy suffered a 3-6, 6-7 (4) loss to a defending champion Juan Martin del Potro in the first round action of the Apia International Sydney on Tuesday. The match lasted one hour and 21 minutes. The Argentine is currently ranked No. 338. It was his first ATP match since being sidelined by a wrist injury last February.
Del Potro made a break to go up 3-1 in the opening set and went on to win it 6-3. Games went with serve in the second set. Delpo sealed a tie-breaker 7-4 to advance into the last 16 of the ATP World Tour 250 event. It was the first career meeting between the two.
Stats: aces (7-7), double faults (3-0), total points won (53-66).
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World no.1 Novak Djokovic ended Sergiy's singles campaign at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open on Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory in R2.
The Serbian top seed broke twice in each set to advance in 61 minutes. Stako failed to convert any of his three break point chances.
Match statistics: aces (3-5), double faults (1-2), winners (13-25), unforced errors (29-14), total points won (36-63).
It was the fourth career meeting between the two, Djokovic has a perfect 4-0 record.
Sergiy and his partner Lukas Rosol lost to Julian Knowle and Philipp Oswald in the quarter-finals of the doubles competition. The Austrian combination recorded a 6-3, 7-5 win in 70 minutes.
Sergiy opened his Qatar ExxonMobil Open campaign with a convincing 6-1, 6-1 victory over Jabor Mohammed Ali Mutawa of Qatar on Tuesday. The Kiev native needed just 46 minutes to advance into the second round of the ATP World Tour 250 event in Doha.
Stako broke five times from eight opportunities and saved both break points he faced during their first career meeting.
Match statistics: aces (7-1), double faults (3-3), total points won (58-32).
Sergiy will next take on no.1 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
In the doubles competition, Stako and Lukas Rosol defeated Pablo Andujar (ESP) and Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-2, 6-4 in less than an hour to reach the...
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