I didn't watch the match but he looked pretty tired the day before - maybe just ran out of steam? First serve certainly better percentage at any rate!
And will be 216 in the official rankings today, so his run over the last year pretty much mirrors Nicks' ratings climb the year before this one. So well and truly on track for a top 100 entry sooner rather than later despite this loss.
Excellent result - Marc MacGowan has pointed out on twitter that with one more win (looking very doable) he will be into top 200. Hit 299 on 9/6/14, so a pretty impressive run if he makes it. That trip home really seems to have helped!