Auckland round 1 vs. Chiudinelli, then Kohlschreiber or Nalbandian
but somehow I feel he'll lose to Chiudinelli
I had the same feeling like you and happily Thomaz proved us wrong.
With great serving, his forehand was superb today. I can't remember how many FHDTL winners were coming from that wing.
Moreover concentrating throughout the match, he didn't lose any his game.
R2: Kohlschreiber or Nalbandian
Just give it your best shot, then we'll see how it goes.