Matt drew Kazakhstani/Russian Yuri Schukin. Schukin is coming off a tournament win in Zagreb and should beat Matt unfortunately on clay. One thing in Matt's favour is that Yuri's match didn't finish until yesterday and has to make the trip from Zagreb to Paris. Even if Matt were to spring a surprise and beat Schukin he would have to take on Joao Souza who made the semis of Santiago earlier on in the year and he wouldn't have much of a chance against the top half of his section against the likes of Gil, Haider-Maurer, Hrbaty and Klizan.
Hopefully Matt can put in a good performance but we shouldn't expect too much here.
Pretty crap draw for matt much like Marinko, dangerous players all around him. Hopefully he can cause an upset against Schukin as the confidence would be a big bonus but with Yuri's recent form i don't see that happening at all!!