After Richard defeated his compatriote Jérémy Chardy 6-2 7-6 in the quarterfinals, he lost to David Nalbandian 4-6 3-6.
When Richard hit the shot of the tournament between his legs in the forth game of the second set, he was already a break and a set behind.
He managed to get the rebreak just to be broken immediately again. Both players were far from their best, but with Nalbandian more solid and playing the important points better, Richard had to concede defeat. His next match is the first round of the Australian Open against Diego Junqeira from Argentina.