Kiwi stared playing well too late. He was completely off until 5-2 in the 2nd set where Kiwi finally returned better and had even 0-40 and another two or three break points. Mirnyi even hit a diving volley at a crucial moment to save a crosscourt passing shot of Kiefer. Mirnyi so very effective, a good match of him. I almost feared yesterday this was going to happen because I had this strange feeling, sad that I was right about it
He already escaped in Monte Carlo where Mirnyi should have won (up a break in the third set), but not this time anymore.
BTW, it was an awful match until the last game where Kiwi finally played better, hit some good returns and passing shots. All the rest before, Mirnyi was overdominant at the net and Kiwi could not find a clue to pass him or what do against his serves. Also Kiwi's serve was not on fire, let alone to speak of his 2nd serve points where he was around 30% at the end of the match. Kiwi did not loosen up early enough while Mirnyi was present since the start.