Sergiy suffered a 3-6, 6-4, 2-6 loss to no.4 seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday.
After being a set down, Stako regrouped and took the second set to level. However, the Czech proved to be too strong today, as he broke twice in a deciding third set to seal the win and advance into the ATP 500 event semis.
Stats: aces (0-9), double faults (3-1), winners (15-38), unforced errors (29-21), total points won (65-88).
Sergiy is through to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last eight with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over world no.53 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. The match lasted one hour and 42 minutes.
Stako and Istomin split the first two sets, and the Kiev native prevailed in the deciding third to set up a quarter-final meeting with either no.4 seed Tomas Berdych or Simone Bolelli.
The Ukrainian player, ranked no.54 in the ATP rankings, capitalised on three of his eight break point opportunities and saved four of the six break points he faced, winning 72% of his first service points.
Stats: aces (8-7), double faults (2-2), total points won (84-86).
Sergiy overcame the first round challenge at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday, when he came back from a set down to defeat world no.30 Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 41 minutes.
After losing the opening set, Stako regrouped quickly. He broke twice in the second set and once in the deciding third to advance into the ATP World Tour 500 event last 16.
Stats: aces (6-2), double faults (2-7), total points won (96-84).
Sergiy will face no.65 in the ATP rankings Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan for a place in the quarter-finals (H2H 2-1). Istomin upset no.5 seed Ernests Gulbis in straight sets.
No.5 seed Gilles Simon beat Sergiy 6-3, 3-6, 2-6 on Saturday to book a spot in the Open 13 final against seventh-seeded compatriot Gael Monfils. The match lasted one hour and 38 minutes.
Stako started strong. He broke once in the opening set to move ahead. However, Simon quickly recovered from falling behind. He stepped up his game to the higher level and won the second and third sets to set up an all-French final.
Stats: aces (3-9), double faults (1-2), total points won (74-78).
Sergiy will next play at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (February 23-28). The Kiev native faces Czech Lukas Rosol in R1.
Sergiy recorded his third career win over a top 10 player when he defeated no.2 seed Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 on Friday at the Open 13 in Marseille.
The Kiev native needed one hour and 51 minutes to advance into his sixth ATP World Tour semi-final and first in 2015.
Stako broke twice from 10 opportunities and saved four of the five break points he faced during the second career meeting against the Swiss (now tied 1-1).
Stats: aces (5-6), double faults (1-0), total points won (96-99).
Sergiy will next take on the winner of an all-French clash between the fifth seed Gilles Simon and Jeremy Chardy (0-2 H2H vs both players).
Sergiy beat world no.69 Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to progress into the Open 13 last eight on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Kiev native capitalised on three of his seven break point chances and saved one of the two break points he faced during the one hour, 30-minute encounter. Stako hit 15 aces and won 87% of points on his first serve.
After the players split the first two sets, Sergiy showed determination in the deciding third by breaking twice to seal his first win in four matches against the German.
For a place in the ATP World Tour 250 event semi-finals, Stako will meet either no.2 seed, Swiss Stan Wawrinka, or Benoit Paire of France.
Sergiy upset no.8 seed Lukasz Rosol recording a 6-3, 6-2 victory to advance into the second round of the Open 13 tournament on Monday. The match lasted just 54 minutes.
Stako won 82% of his first service points and broke Rosol twice in each set. In the first career meeting between the two, the Kiev native did not face a single break point.
Stats: aces (9-1), double faults (1-7), total points won (60-39).
Sergiy will next play against either French qualifier Nicolas Mahut or German Jan-Lennard Struff.
No.2 seed Milos Raonic ended Sergiy's ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament campaign when he beat the Kiev native 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in quarter-final action on Friday.
The match that lasted one hour and 33 minutes was pretty much even. Each player broke twice from five opportunities, with Stako winning 78 points to 79 from Milos.
Sergiy started strong, breaking the big-serving Canadian twice to take the opening set in convincing fashion. However, Raonic fought back, and with a break in both second and third sets, clinched the victory which secured him a spot in the last four.
Raonic now leads their career head-to-head 3-0.
Sergiy advanced into the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament quarter-finals on Wednesday with a convincing 6-1, 6-3 victory over world no.47 Dominic Thiem in just 63 minutes.
The Kiev native broke the Austrian`s serve twice in each set and saved all six break points he faced during the first career meeting between the two.
Stats: aces (9-7), double faults (1-6), total points won (67-46).
Sergiy will play against either no.2 seed Milos Raonic (CAN) or Simone Bolelli (ITA) on Friday for a place in the last four of the ATP 500 tournament.
Sergiy moved into the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament second round with a 6-2, 7-6 (7) win over world no.51 Marcel Granollers of Spain on Tuesday.
The Kiev native won 71% of points on his first serve and broke three times from six opportunities, having surrendered serve once during the 84-minute meeting.
Stako made a double break to take the opening set 6-2. The players traded break once in the second set. Sergiy prevailed in a tie-breaker 9-7 to advance into the last 16 of the ATP 500 event.
Stats: aces (2-7), double faults (0-3),...
Sergiy and Viktor Troicki were stopped in the PBZ Zagreb Indoors semi-finals on Friday when they suffered a 6-7 (0), 4-6 defeat to second-seeded duo of Marin Draganja (CRO) and Henri Kontinen (FIN). The match lasted 69 minutes.
Stako and Viktor failed to convert any of their five break points. The Ukrainian/Serbian pairing lost the opening set tie-breaker to love and surrendered their serve once in the second set, which ended their hopes of reaching the ATP World Tour 250 event final.
Stats: aces (5-3), double faults (0-2), total points won (54-73).
Sergiy and his partner Viktor Troicki came back from a set down to beat Martin Emmrich (GER) and Andreas Siljestrom (SWE) 4-6, 6-3, 10-4 in 70 minutes on Thursday and advance into the PBZ Zagreb Indoors semi-finals.
After the teams had split the first two sets, Stako and Viktor dominated the super tie-breaker to set up a meeting with no.2 seeds Marin Draganja (CRO) and Henri Kontinen (FIN).
Stats: aces (6-2), double faults (1-8), total points won (10-4).
2008 PBZ Zagreb Indoors champion Sergiy suffered a 2-6, 1-6 second round loss to no.6 seed Mikhail Youzhny on Wednesday. The match lasted 64 minutes.
Stako broke once from five opportunities, while the Russian converted five of his 14 break point chances.
Sergiy's serve wasn't working well. He won 48% of his first service points and only 39% of his second-serve points.
Stats: aces (1-0), double faults (2-0), total points won (40-63).
Youznhy now leads their H2H record 4-1.
Stako and Viktor Troicki of Serbia upset no.3 seeds Andre Begemann (GER) and Robin Haase (NED) 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the opening round of the doubles competition.
Sergiy defeated 18-year-old Croat Borna Coric 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 26 minutes to advance into the second round at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors on Monday.
Stako broke five times from nine opportunities and saved 10 of 12 break points he faced during the first career meeting between the two.
Stats: aces (4-2), double faults (1-3), total points won (71-59).
Sergiy will next play against either no.6 seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia (1-3 H2H record) or Slovenian Blaz Kavcic (0-0).
The Kiev native will pair with Serbia’s Viktor Troicki in the doubles competition. They will face the third-seeded duo of Andre Begemann (GER) and Robin Haase (NED) in the opening round.