Sergiy's 2016 Wimbledon campaign came to an end on Thursday, as he suffered a 2-6, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 4-6 defeat to no.9 seed Marin Cilic in the second round. After losing the opening set in 27 minutes, Stako responded by taking the second set tie-break to level.
Little separated the pair in the third and fourth sets, but it was the Croat who eventually prevailed, breaking once in each of them, improving his perfect career H2H record with Sergiy to 4-0.
>>> Cilic served more aces than Sergiy, 22-7
>>> The Kiev native had 24 unforced errors, two more than his opponent
>>> Stako hit 35 winners for the match to Cilic’s 62
Sergiy has advanced to the second round of the 2016 Wimbledon with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over 20-year-old qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan in one hour and 27 minutes.
The Kiev native hit impressive 19 aces and converted all four break points he earned, having lost his serve once during the first career meeting between the two. Quick facts Stako hit 46 winners compared to Nishioka’s 21 The Ukraininan made 24 unforced errors to his opponent's 14 Sergiy won 88 points to Nishioka’s 67
Sergiy next faces either no.9 seed Marin Cilic (CRO) or world no.589 Brian Baker (USA).
Gentlemen’s singles draw has been made for the third Grand Slam of the season, the Wimbledon, taking place in London, from June 27 to July 10. Sergiy will open his 2016 campaign against a qualifier. The Kiev native could meet ninth seed Marin Cilic (CRO) in the second round, and no.23 seed Ivo Karlovic (CRO) in R3.
This will be Sergiy’s eighth appearance at the All England Club. He recorded his best result in 2013 and 2014 when he reached the third round.
Sergiy retired in his second round match against fifth seed David Goffin at 6-4, 5-7, 0-2 at the Gerry Weber Open on Thursday. The Kiev native took the opening set breaking the Belgian once. They traded breaks in the second set before Goffin converted his chance to level the clash. After one hour and 46 minutes of play, being 0-2 down in the deciding third set, Stako was forced to retire.
Stats: aces (5-6), double faults (7-5), 1st serve points won % (83-67), total points won (78-81).
Sergiy outplayed world no.60 Denis Kudla 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the rain interrupted first round match at the Gerry Weber Open on Monday. Stako opened with a 3-0 lead when the clash was suspended due to rain after 10 minutes of play. Kudla levelled to 3-all when players got back on the court. The second interruption followed after only 14 minutes. They were third-time lucky to finish the match. Sergiy broke in the 12th game to win the opener. Kudla responded by breaking once in the second set to take it 6-4. It was the older Kiev native who prevailed by clinching the decider 6-3 after one hour and 52 minutes. It was the first career meeting between the two.
Stats: aces (19-10), double faults (2-1), total...
Sergiy has made his way through to the main draw of the Gerry Weber Open on Sunday, when he beat Rajeev Ram 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2 in the second and final round of qualifiers in Halle. The Kiev native advanced in one hour and 54 minutes, breaking his American rival three times from 11 opportunities and saving one of three break points he faced.
Stats: aces (9-14), double faults (4-4), total points won (100-87). Stako had previously defeated Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
Sergiy suffered a 3-6, 6-7 (1) loss to world no.76 Mikhail Youzhny in the second round of the Mercedes Cup on Thursday. The match lasted one hour and 18 minutes. One break was enough for the Russian to take the opening set. The players traded break once in the second set, before Youzhny raced to victory with a convincing 7-1 tie-breaker.
Stats: aces (7-3), double faults (3-1), total points
World no.100 Sergiy has reached the Mercedes Cup last 16, when his opening round rival retired after the first set. Stako was leading 6-3, when the ATP #428, wild card from Germany, decided to quit after 37 minutes of play. The Kiev native capitalised on two of his three break point chances and saved both break points he faced.
Stats: aces (6-2), double faults (0-1), total points won (33-27). Sergiy next takes on 76th-ranked Russian Mikhail Youzhny who upset no.5 seed Feliciano Lopez.
No.1 seed in qualifying draw, Sergiy, advanced into the Mercedes Open main draw on Monday, when he beat world no.984 Frank Moser 6-4, 6-4, after 77 minutes of play.
Stako broke three times from eight opportunities, having saved one of two break points he faced.
Stats: aces (10-7), double faults (4-4), 1st serve points won % (85-78), 2nd serve points won % (58-36), total points won (69-58).
The Kiev native had previously defeated no.282 in the ATP rankings, Jan Mertl, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Yen-Hsun Lu, the No.4 seed, snapped Sergiy’s main draw winning streak at seven matches as he beat the sixth-seeded Ukrainian 7-6 (8), 7-6 (3) on Friday at the Aegon Manchester Trophy. Games went with serve in the opening set, Lu prevailed in a tie-breaker 10-8. The two had traded break once in the second set before the Seoul runner-up sealed the tie-break for passage into the final. Sergiy won 69% of points on his first serve to Lu's 82% , in the one hour, 40-minute clash.
Stats: aces (12-4), double faults (3-5), total points won (87-92). Stako had earned his place in the last eight by defeating Marinko Matosevic and Edward Corrie.
Sixth seed Sergiy defeated British qualifier Edward Corrie 6-1, 7-5 in one hour and 30 minutes on Thursday to progress into the Aegon Manchester Trophy last eight. Stako raced to a one set lead with a double break. The two exchanged breaks once in the second set, and the Ukrainian went on to convert his crucial opportunity in the 11th game, then closed out the match. Stats: aces (7-3), double faults (2-1), total points won (88-71).
Sergiy goes on to meet no.4 seed Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) who eliminated alternate James Duckworth (AUS) in three sets. They last met in Seoul final earlier this month, when Stako triumphed to win the title.
No.6 seed Sergiy advanced into the Aegon Manchester Trophy second round with a hard-fought victory over world no.297 Marinko Matosevic on Tuesday. The Kiev native defeated the Australian qualifier 7-5, 7-6 (6) in one hour and 44 minutes.
One break was enough for Sergiy to win the opening set. The two had traded break once in the second set, before the Ukrainian prevailed in a tie-breaker, 8-6, to progress into the Challenger event last 16.
Stats: aces (9-7), double faults (1-5), total points won (95-84).
For a place in the quarter-finals, Sergiy will face another qualifier, ATP no.402, Great Britain's Edward Corrie.