Sergiy battled past world no.60 Gastao Elias of Portugal 6-1, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) to reach the second round of the US Open on Monday. The Kiev native broke six times from 12 opportunities and saved five of 11 break points he faced during the three hour, 20-minute clash.
Stats: aces (6-7), double faults (12-6), total points won (143-147). Stako will next challenge no.7 seed and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic (0-4 H2H mark).
The 2016 US Open Men’s singles draw was made on Friday. Competitions at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (New York) begin on August 29, and last until September 11.
Sergiy will open his campaign against world no.61 Gastao Elias of Portugal. The Kiev native could meet no.7 seed and 2014 champion Marin Cilic in the second round.
This will be Sergiy’s eighth appearance at Flushing Meadows. He recorded his best result in 2010 and 2015 when he reached R3. Last year, Stako fell to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (3-6, 5-7, 2-6).
Sergiy is out of Abierto Mexicano Mifel ATP 250 event after he was forced to withdraw in the opening round against world no.395 Reilly Opelka, while trailing 6-7 (6), 1-3. It was the first career meeting between Stako and the 18-year-old American hope.
Opelka converted one of three break points he earned, having denied a single break point opportunity to the Kiev native.
Stats: aces (4-7), double faults (4-4), total points won (46-55).
Sergiy also pulled out of the doubles competition. He was scheduled to team up with Alexandr Dolgopolov against no.3 seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) and Mate Pavic (CRO). The Ukrainians have been replaced with an alternate pair.
Sergiy has suffered a close 6-7 (7), 6-7 (2) defeat to German lucky loser Tobias Kamke in the first round action at the BB&T Atlanta Open on Tuesday. The players traded break once in each set, and it was Kamke who came out victorious in both tie-breaks.
Stats: aces (3-1), double faults (7-6), total points won (85-95).
Stako paired with Alexandr Dolgopolov to beat Australians Nick Kyrgios and James Frawley 6-4, 6-0 in just 47 minutes. The Ukrainian duo will take on either no.4 seeds Jonathan Erlich (IND) and Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL), or India`s combination Raja Purav/Divij Sharan for a spot in the ATP 250 event semis.