After a first round bye, Richard defeated Czech qualifier Lukas Rosol 6-7 6-2 6-2.
His next opponent will be Albert Montanes.
In an erratic match from both players, Richard obviouly struggled to find his game on clay. He lost the first set, after having been 6-1 up in the tie-break.
While Rosol's game went from bad to worse, Richard was able to achieve more stability and to improve on the return. This was enough to carve out victory winning the last two sets 6-2.