Very poor draw indeed. James Blake is coming back with some good wins. As jmf07 states too Marinko's favourite Donald could await. Donald though is also in really good form so that would be a good match to see!
Marinko lost 63 76. Blake broke him at 5-5 in the second but Marinko immediately broke back but it wasn't to be in the end. Next tournament will be Sarasota next eek. Hopefully an easier first round will await.
Not so lucky for MMM, as the qualifier he got was Stephane Robert, winner of a Challenger Tournament a few weeks ago. MMM drops the first set 61 but rallies to take the second 74 in the tie-break.
So 1-set all at the moment - GO the MMM...
Lost 64 in the third. Didn't watch the live scoring but Robert converted 9/11 Break Points while Matosevic only converted 1/7. Considering this is his first match on the red clay and the quality of his opponent I think it's a fairly encouraging result.
MMM the sole Aussie survivor after the first round of qualies at RG2011, getting on with business with a 64 63 win over Frenchman Ouanna. Well done, now up against Turkeys Marcel Ilhan. Could be a fiery encounter.