New Haven SF WWW: Stakhovsky or de Bakker

08-27-2010, 01:16 PM
Who will win?
Sergiy's way to SF was more tough and long, he is sufficiently tired and has less time for rest. From other side, Stakhovsky is 3-0 in ATP semis and 3-0 in ATP finals (if taking into account doubles matches, Stakhovsky is 5-0 in ATP finals)!
It should be recalled that in Zagreb-2008 Stakhovsky(being only 209th in ranking) won as a LL and defeted Karlovic(21), Troicki(113), Tipsarevic(44), Bolleli (66) and Ljubicic(25) in final.
In StPeterburg-2009 he won as a qualifyer and, being only 93rd, he defeated Korolev(50), Safin(77) who was greatly supported by Russian fans, and finally Zeballos(54)...
Thiemo is younger, had relatively easy way to SF and has more time for rest. Had no final experience, but reached SF in Barcelona this year with wins over former Roland Garros champion Juan Carlos Ferrero(16) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga(10)...

08-27-2010, 01:19 PM
im thinking stakh

Voo de Mar
08-27-2010, 01:23 PM
They have a little bit similar faces, funny SF. I think De Bakker is going to win his first ATP title here.

08-27-2010, 01:25 PM
Additional info from ATP site (

Ninth seed Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine is looking for his fourth career ATP World Tour title, the second of the season, while the other three semi-finalists are trying to break through for their first career ATP World Tour title.

In the first semi-final on Friday, Stakhovsky will meet No. 12 seed and top Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker, who is making his second ATP World Tour semi-final appearance of the season. They are meeting for the first time.

In the second semi-final, No. 10 seed Viktor Troicki of Serbia takes on No. 15 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan for the first time in an ATP World Tour main draw. They played in the final round of qualifying in Moscow in 2007 and Troicki won in straight sets. Troicki is trying to reach his third ATP World Tour final of his career (’08 Washington, ’09 Bangkok) and Istomin his first final.

FIRST-TIME ATP WINNERS – If Stakhovsky does not win the title, then there will be a first-time winner for the fourth time on the ATP World Tour this year. The first-time winners are: John Isner (Auckland), Ernests Gulbis (Delray Beach) and Andrey Golubev (Hamburg).


(9) Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) vs (12) Thiemo de Bakker (NED) First Meeting

Stakhovsky FastFacts:
2010 Highlights:
W: s-Hertogenbosch (d Tipsarevic); QF: Nice (l Verdasco)
YTD W-L: 20-18 (11-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: January 6, 1986
South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking: 47

• Stakhovsky, 24, is 3-0 in his career in ATP World Tour semi-final matches and each time he went on to capture the title…In June, he captured his third career ATP World Tour title, defeating Serb Janko Tipsarevic in the grass court final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands…Afterwards broke into the Top 50 for the first time at No. 47 on June 21…He reached a career-high No. 46 on July 5
• The Kiev native enters with a 20-18 match record on the season, including 11-8 on hard courts…His 20 wins has already surpassed his previous career-high set last year (16-14)…Has a 12-5 tie-break record this season, including 4-0 this week…He beat top seed Marcos Baghdatis 57 61 76(4) in QFs
• Two weeks ago in Toronto he defeated Frenchman Richard Gasquet 75 61 before falling to No. 7 and Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych 62 64 in the second round…Last week in Cincinnati he lost to American Andy Roddick 64 67(5) 61 in the first round
• His previous best result this season was the quarter-finals in Nice (l. to Verdasco) in May prior to Roland Garros
• The Ukraine native resides in Bratislava, Slovakia and two of his three ATP World Tour titles have come indoors – in Zagreb (d. Ljubicic) as a lucky loser in 2008 and last year in St. Petersburg (d. Zeballos)
• Has finished in the Top 75 the past two seasons, a personal year-end best No. 60 in 2009 and No. 74 in ‘08

de Bakker FastFacts:
2010 Highlights:
SF: Barcelona (l Soderling); QF: Chennai (l Tipsarevic)
YTD W-L: 24-16 (14-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 19, 1988
South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking: 53

• de Bakker, 21, the top Dutchman enters with a 24-16 match record on the season, including 14-9 on hard courts…He is ranked No .53 and reached a personal-best No. 40 on July 19 …Last week lost to Roddick 76(4) 64 in the second round of Cincinnati
• In April, he advanced to his first ATP World Tour semi-final in Barcelona where he defeated No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before losing to No. 8 Robin Soderling in three sets…He is trying to become the first Dutchman to reach an ATP World Tour final since Raemon Sluiter in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Becker) in June 2009…The last Dutch winner was Martin Verkerk in Amersfoort in July 2004
• He turned in a Grand Slam-best third round at Wimbledon where he beat Santiago Giraldo 16-14 in fifth set and John Isner in second round before falling to Paul-Henri Mathieu in four sets
• He opened the year with his first career ATP World Tour quarter-final in Chennai (l. to Tipsarevic)
• He fell in 1st Rd. at Australian Open (l. to Roddick) then reached 2nd Rd. at Rotterdam (l. to Monfils)
• In 2009, he was first Dutchman to finish in Top 100 at No. 98 since Raemon Sluiter was No. 82 in 2004…He won four Challenger titles and rose over 150 ranking positions from previous year
• Was year-end No. 1 junior in 2006, highlighted by Wimbledon junior title
• Working with former Richard Krajicek mentor Rohan Goetzke, who is the technical director of Dutch Tennis Federation

08-27-2010, 01:46 PM
I want to see someone get their first ever title here so im hoping for thiemo and i dont care in how many sets.

Filo V.
08-27-2010, 01:51 PM
I think the Ukrainian will win it.

08-27-2010, 01:55 PM
i hope your wrong, it would be nice to see someone get their maiden title here and thats guaranteed if thiemo can get the win here

08-27-2010, 01:56 PM
Thiemo De Bakker in 2

08-27-2010, 01:57 PM
Stakhovsky in a semi = Stakhovsky wins title :shrug:.

In seriousness I would also like for Sergiy to win, he has one of the nicest games in the top100 IMO.

08-27-2010, 01:57 PM
I've been cheering Thiemo since he defeated Tsonga at Barcelona and then came back to give Soda a very competitive match in the Semi-Finals. He is an impressive young talent. And good for Dutch Tennis and their fans. :p

Win deze wedstrijd, Thiemo! :rocker2: Thiemo in 2 sets!

08-27-2010, 02:47 PM
I think Sergiy is the favourite, but Thiemo the bigger talent. If nerves don't get the better of him, he should be reaching his first final.

08-27-2010, 05:11 PM
Stakhovsky in a semi = Stakhovsky wins title :shrug:.

In seriousness I would also like for Sergiy to win, he has one of the nicest games in the top100 IMO.

if Stakhovsky reached a semi and the other guys were top 10, do you think he would win? :shrug:

24/16 vs 24/16

I would say ukrainian because thiemo will choke