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6 months ago

Orleans Challenger: Stako falls in opener


Sergiy suffered a 6-7 (3), 1-6 loss to world no.117 Steve Darcis on Monday in the first round of the Open D'Orleans Challenger. Stako failed to convert any of his four break points. There were no breaks in the opening set, the Belgian won a tie-breaker 7-3. Riding the momentum, Darcis broke twice in the second set to seal the victory in one hour and 22 minutes.

Stats: aces (7-3), double faults (2-1), total points won (61-75).

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6 months ago

Japan seals third win, confirms WG status


Kei Nishikori and Yuichi Sugita propelled Japan to a 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 victory over Sergiy and Artem Smirnov in Saturday’s doubles, and a 3-0 defeat of Ukraine, in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie in Osaka. Japan retains their place among the top 16 teams next year, while Ukraine will face another campaign in Europe/Africa Group I.

The Japanese duo raced through the opening two sets in just one hour. In the third set, they traded four breaks with Sergiy and Artem, a late replacement for Danylo Kalenichenko, before making a crucial break. Nishikori made no mistake serving for the match. The defeat represents a fourth successive play-off disappointment for Ukraine. Stako, who...

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6 months ago

Davis Cup Play-offs: JPN 2 - 0 UKR


Japan leads Ukraine 2-0 after Day 1 of their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie in Osaka. World no.88 Taro Daniel proved too strong for Sergiy in Friday’s singles opening rubber. The 23-year-old recorded a 7-6(4), 7-6(2), 6-1 victory in two hours and 36 minutes at 5,500-capacity Utsubo Tennis Centre. Stako stepped in for Artem Smirnov. The Japanese took the opening two sets on tiebreaks, in precisely two hours. He clinched the third set in convincing fashion, bringing the first point to the home team.

Stats: aces (13-2), double faults (1-4), winners (31-26), unforced errors (84-42), total points won (100-125).

In the second rubber, Yoshihito Nishioka beat Illya...

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6 months ago

Sergiy in Ukraine's DC squad against Japan


Ukraine's captain Mikhail Filima has named team to face Japan away in their Davis Cup World Group play-off tie, taking place in Utsubo Tennis Center, in Osaka, Japan (Hard, Outdoor), on September 16-18. Sergiy, no.105 in the singles ATP rankings, lines up alongside Illya Marchenko (#50 in singles), Artem Smirnov (#321 in singles) and Danylo Kalenichenko (#419 in doubles). Kei Nishikori (#5 in singles), Taro Daniel (#88 in singles), Yoshihito Nishioka (#96 in singles, #421 in doubles) and Yuichi Sugita (#98 in singles, #640 doubles) will form the Japanese home side.

It will be the first encounter between the two teams. Ukraine is looking to reach the World Group for the first time after holding off...

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6 months ago

US Open: Sergiy falls to Cilic in R2


Sergiy suffered a 1-6, 2-6, 3-6 defeat to 2014 champion Marin Cilic on Wednesday in the second round action at the US Open. The seventh seed from Croatia broke twice in each set and saved both chances Stako earned during the match that lasted one hour and 39 minutes.

Stats: aces (4-5), double faults (5-5), winners (14-29), unforced errors (29-19), 1st serve points won % (56-86), total points won (55-90).

With the win, Cilic improved to a 5-0 career H2H mark against the Kiev native.

Sergiy and his Davis Cup teammate Alexander Dolgopolov retired in their first round doubles match to Polish/Austrian pairing of Marcin Matkowski and Jurgen Melzer after 29 minutes of play, trailing...

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