No. 2 seed Spaniard Feliciano Lopez maintained his excellent clay-court form as he beat Stako 6-4, 7-6(4) on Thirsday in the second round of the BMW Open. The match lasted one hour and 27 minutes. With the loss, Sergiy fell to a 8-11 mark on the season.
Lopez grabbed the only service break of the match in the first set and edged Sergiy in the second-set tie-break to advance to the quarter-finals. The Spaniard has a 5-3 mark on clay this season.
Sergiy downed Germany's Cedric-Marcel Stebe 7-6(3), 6-3 on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the BMW Open in Munich. Stako, making his second appearance at the event, served five aces and broke serve twice from seven opportunities to clinch his 8th victory of the season in one hour and 46 minutes.
He will next face No. 2 seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain. The Spaniard won the only previous meeting between the two.
In doubles, top seeds Frantisek Cermak and Filip Polasek beat Sergiy and Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 3-6, 10-4 on Monday. The Ukrainian-Russian duo dropped serve four times and lost in the Match Tie-break after 67 minutes of play.
World No. 4 Andy Murray enjoyed a straight-sets 6-3, 6-2 win over Sergiy in the second round of the Barcelona Open on Tuesday. The match lasted one hour and 19 minutes.
The decisive break came in the fourth game of the first set. Stako came back from 15-40 to deuce in this game, but his opponent capitalised on his third break point to take a 3-1 lead. From that point on, the set went on serve until Murray wrapped up the set after holding to love in the ninth game.
In the second set, Sergiy dropped serve in the third and fifth games to go 4-1 down. The next two games were holds before World No. 4 took the eighth game and sealed the match.