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  • Melzer ends Stakhovsky's Wimbledon run

    6/28/13 11:37 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Melzer ends Stakhovsky's Wimbledon run Two days after upsetting Roger Federer, Sergiy Stakhovsky goes down to Jurgen Melzer in four sets during third-round action at the All-England Club on Friday. Melzer will go up against Jerzy Janowicz for a spot in the quarterfinals.

    Jurgen Melzer scored a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky in the third round of Wimbledon on Friday afternoon. Melzer turned in a stellar performance with nine aces, no double-faults, 47 winners, and 16 unforced errors to prevail in two hours and 15 minutes.

    Coming off a monumental upset of Roger Federer, Stakhovsky struggled against a much different and in-form opponent. The 116th-ranked Ukrainian won only three of 10 second-serve points in the first set, in part because he donated a trio of double-faults. Melzer earned two breaks before serving out the opener at 5-2.

    Stakhovsky recovered to dominate set two and take a quick break advantage in the third, but his success was short-lived. Melzer regained momentum swiftly and decisively with two breaks of his own--the second of which came at 5-5. The Austrian finished off the third frame of play with a clutch hold in the 12th game.

    From there it was mostly all over for Stakhovsky, who had been the aggressor against Federer but could not implement the same tactics in this one. Melzer fired 17 winners to his opponent's six during the fourth set and he wrapped up the proceedings in style with his sixth break of the day at 5-3.

    "I think overall I won it because I found a way to return his serve," explained the 32-year-old. "I thought he's dangerous, and I knew he was confident if he beat Roger on Centre. I knew it; he knew it. It was a great opportunity for both of us to make the fourth round of Wimbledon. I felt like I dealt well with that pressure. I was playing well when it was close moments today. That comes with experience. I have been there; he probably hasn't."

    Next up for Melzer is Jerzy Janowicz, a straight-set winner over Nicolas Mahut.

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