Sergiy fell in the opening round of the second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year, the Miami Open presented by Itau, losing to world no.74 Nicolas Almagro 3-6 7-6 (3) 4-6. The second career meeting between the two lasted two hours and 19 minutes.
Almagro improved to a 2-0 H2H mark. Stako broke once from six opportunities, while the Spaniard converted three of his 12 break point chances.
Stats: aces (6-16), double faults (4-5), total points won (107-118).
Last year Sergiy also lost in the first round to Sam Querrey.
Sergiy and Robert Lindstedt claimed the Irving Tennis Classic title on Sunday. The Ukrainian-Swedish pairing needed just 65 minutes to beat the all-German duo of Benjamin Becker and Philipp Petzschner 6-4, 6-4.
They converted two of their three break point opportunities, winning 84% of the first service points. Stats: aces (3-3), double faults (4-6), total points won (60-50).
En route to the Challenger final, the first time partners defeated Nate Eazor (USA)/Chase Wood (USA), Gilles Muller (LUX)/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK), and Aljaz Bedene (SLO)/Damir Dzumhur (BIH).
Fifth seed at the Irving Tennis Classic, Sergiy, suffered a 5-7,6-0,3-6 second round defeat to world no.83 Tim Smyczek on Thursday. Stako regrouped after losing the opening set to break three times in the second for 6-0. However, the American managed to grab a crucial break in the deciding third set and seal the win for a quarter-final spot. The match lasted one hour and 47 minutes.
Stats: aces (4-3), double faults (3-2), total points won (89-85).
In doubles action, Sergiy and Robert Lindstedt eliminated no.4 seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) and Gilles Muller (LUX) 7-6 (3), 7-6(2) to reach the semi-finals. The Ukrainian/Swedish pairing will play against either Aljaz Bedene (SLO)/Damir Dzumhur...
No.5 seed Sergiy opened his Irving Tennis Classic campaign with a 6-4, 6-4 win over world no.85 Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil on Wednesday. Stako broke once in each set and didn’t face a single break point during the 70-minute encounter.
Stats: aces (4-4), double faults (0-2), total points won (62-46).
The Kiev native, who received a wild card into the challenger event, faces Tim Smyczek (USA, 83) for a place in the quarter-finals.
Sergiy paired with Robert Lindstedt in the doubles competition. The duo defeated Americans Nate Eazor and Chase Wood 6-0, 6-2 to advance into quarter-finals. They will take on no.4 seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) and Gilles Muller (LUX) in attempt to...
Sergiy’s 2015 BNP Paribas Open campaign was finished on Sunday evening, when he suffered a second round loss to no.9 seed Tomas Berdych 1-6, 4-6.
The Kiev native won just 50% of points on his first serve and 54% on second, having made one break, while his rival broke four times from five opportunities during the 67-minute clash.
Stats: aces (4-4), double faults (0-0), total points won (40-59).
With the win, Berdych improved to a perfect 5-0 H2H record against Stako.
Sergiy’s next tournament is Miami Open, presented by Itau. The second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season is taking place at Crandon Park Tennis Center from March 25 to April 5.
Sergiy rallied from a set down to defeat world no.43 Sam Querrey 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round action at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday. The match lasted one hour and 27 minutes.
Stako regrouped quickly after losing the opening set to produce great performance and record his first win in four meetings against the big-serving American. The Kiev native broke four times from eight opportunities and saved two of the five break points he faced.
Stats: aces (4-17), double faults (0-4), total points won (71-77).
Sergiy will next take on no.9 seed, Czech Tomas Berdych, against whom he has a negative head-to-head record (0-4).