Yet another Gstaad match where neither could land a first serve. You could see Acasuso's clay heritage at work though, he wasn't overly bothered and did OK with the kick 2nd serves. Kiefer struggled and made 6dfs - 9 aces though, and 94% points won on first serve (big first serves at the altitude here are basically unanswerable).
Good result for Kiwi though, he does badly need points now (dropped Canada points, and lost almost 100 ranking spots). Fortunately got lots of little countables with 20pts to replace, but he really needs to make the final here to make much of a dent (150pts, would take him back to 95ish rank)
Navarro next, which could be a good one to watch - as Feli Lopez showed a couple of years ago, it's very possible to successfully serve/volley at Gstaad.
WARNING: This signature may contain extreme traces of bullying and glory hunting TOMMY HASS 0 slams () and 0 finals 0 consecutive weeks at world no. 1 0 consecutive Laureus World Sports Awards 0 times qualified for YEC 2-13 H2H against motivated Federer 0-5 H2H against RAFA
Career low ranking: 1,241 (26.06.1995) 0 fake mullets flaunted in Roland Garros finals. 0 double bagels consumed against Raonic on grass 1 first name in common with Tommy Robredo
“The goal, when I took my break of six months, was doing this for the next couple years, not just for one tournament, I understand people who say, ‘Oh, this would be a perfect moment to go.’ But I feel like I’ve put in so much work, and I love it so much, and I still have so much in the tank.”