Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sleeping in the house of my latest jumpoff.
Indian Wells R1: Stakhovsky def. Bogomolov 7-6(7) 4-6 7-6(3)
Another topsy-turvy, crazy match. Bogomolov missed four first serves and double faulted twice to get broken at 2 all in the first set, but Sergiy fell behind 0-40 and was eventually broken at *4-3. They both held from there to get into a first set tiebreak. Stakhovsky won both return points at 2-*1 and took a *5-1 and *6-4 tiebreak lead, which he blew. Bogo had a set point at 7-*6. Sergiy won three straight points to win the first set. Both guys held serve with a little struggle in the second set until 3 all, where Stakhovsky's 30% first serve percentage up to that point cost him and he was broken. Stakhovsky had three break points in a long game when Bogo was serving for the second set at *5-4 and didn't take them.
Third set, Bogomolov had two break points in the opening return game and didn't take them; Stakhovsky then had four break points in a very long game at 2-*1. From there both held relatively comfortably until 5-*4, where Bogo staved off a few deuces, and 5 all, where Stakhovsky came back from 0-*40 down to get to two game points but was eventually broken in another marathon game. Serving for the match, Bogo immediately fell behind 0-40 and was broken to 15.
In the tiebreak, Stakhovsky went from down 2-*3 to winning five straight points to win the tiebreaker. Up and down dramatic match, but the Ukraine finally got through in the end.