Stako notched his first match win on clay courts this season, defeating Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 6-2, 6-3 on Monday at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. The match lasted 62 minutes. With this win, Sergiy improves to a 7-9 record on the season.
The 26-year-old from Kiev, who is making his second appearance at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament, hit four aces and converted three of four break point opportunities throughout the match.
Awaiting in the second round is world No. 4 Andy Murray, who received a 'bye' in the first round. Stako has played him three times and lost all three encounters.
No. 3 seed Sergiy was eliminated in the opening round of the qualifying draw at the 2012 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Sunday. He lost a three-setter to Italy's Alessandro Giannessi, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-0. The match lasted a little bit over two hours.
Stako dropped the first set 6-2, but battled back in the second set tie-break to knot the match. In the third and decisive set Giannessi broke Sergiy's serve three times and didn't drop a single game before clinching victory.
Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters: Seven of the world's top eight players are in action at the first clay-court Masters 1000 event of the season.
The most successful Ukrainian tennis player of the 21st century is Sergiy Stakhovsky – the grandson of the former director of the Korolev Science and Production Organization. Of course, you can’t call his tennis “cosmic”. But he plays like a person who grew up in an intellectual family in Kiev – gracefully, thoughtfully, elegantly. LB.ua talked to Stakhovsky about the crazy earnings in tennis and similarly crazy spendings, about Federer, who’s like a Swiss watch, about slow courts and greedy tournaments.
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