Sergiy Stakhovsky wins Rotterdam qualifying match without lost point on first serve


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Sergiy Stakhovsky wins Rotterdam qualifying match without lost point on first serve

World No. 153 Sergiy Stakhovsky was straight impressive on his serve in his Rotterdam qualifying first round match as he finished the match without a lost point on his first serve. Stakhovsky, a former world No. 31, won 34-of-34 of his first serve points and didn't allow Austrian Dennis Novak a single break point in an hour and 15 minutes of play.

The 34-year-old Ukrainian surprised world No. 93 Novak 7-6 (5) 6-2 en route to setting up a Rotterdam qualifying round match against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber. Not a single break point was seen in the first set and the set had to be resolved in a tie-break, where Stakhovsky converted his first set point to win a tight opener.

Rising Austrian star Novak never recovered from dropping a tight first set as Stakhovsky started the second set with back-to-back breaks and a comfortable 4-0 lead. The Ukrainian then routinely closed out the match as he realized his first match point in the eighth game to come a win away from making his sixth Rotterdam main draw appearance.