Sergiy Stakhovsky turned to a professional tennis player in 2003 and had been playing mostly at the Challenger level from 2005--2008. His...
Sergiy Stakhovsky turned to a professional tennis player in 2003 and had been playing mostly at the Challenger level from 2005--2008. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 31 (September 2010) and he has reached as high as No. 33 in doubles the same month. He won his first career title in March 2008, as a lucky loser ranked no. 209, defeating top seed Ivan Ljubičić in the final, thus becoming the first lucky loser to win a title since Christian Miniussi in 1991. In 2013 he grabbed world's attention with upset of defending champion Roger Federer at Wimbledon. He used serve and volley tactic to defeat him. He got his first top-10 win when he defeated Federer at Wimbledon in four sets in the second round, 6--7 (5), 7--6 (5), 7--5, 7--6 (5) to give his opponent the earliest Grand Slam defeat since the 2003 French Open. This ended Federer's run of 36 consecutive Grand Slams where he had reached at least the quarterfinals. Stakhovsky was ranked 116 at the time and Federer was ranked 3.