No.5 seed in the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament qualifying draw, Sergiy, failed to reach the second round on Saturday, when he lost to world no.154 Ernests Gulbis in three sets, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 3-6. The two had traded break once in the opening set and Stako won a tie-breaker 8-6 to gain advantage. Gulbis fought back and turned the match around by breaking once in the second and third sets and sealed the win after two hours and 16 minutes of play.
Stats: aces (7-17), double faults (5-1), 1st serve points won % (76-78), total points won (106-119).
No.2 seed Sergiy was upset by world no.170 Blaz Kavcic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Hungarian Challenger Open on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Kiev native won the opening set, but his rival responded by breaking once in the second and third sets to claim the victory in two hours and 21 minutes.
Stats: aces (6-3), double faults (2-2), 1st serve points won % (75-64), 2nd serve points won % (44-64), total points won (91-94).
Eighth seed Peter Gojowczyk ended Sergiy's Open BNP Paribas Banque de Bretagne Quimper challenger campaign on Friday when he beat the Ukrainian third seed 7-5, 7-6 (4). The quarter-final match lasted one hour and 40 minutes.
Stako came back from a break deficit to level at 4-all in the first set, but the German broke again in the 11th game and closed it 7-5. Gojowczyk went up a break again in the second set. Sergiy fought back in the 10th game, but failed to convert a break/set point two games later. His opponent used his chances in a tie-breaker and sealed the victory.
Stats: aces (10-6), double faults (3-5), total points won (80-83).