Richard reached the QF in Sydney by beating Andres Seppi 3-6 7-5 6-4.
The day before he disposed Australian WC Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-3 in a match disturbed by rain breaks.
Richard also teamed for doubles with compatriote Julien Benneteau, the pair started with a surprise win against the nr 2 seeds, Mirnyi/Nestor. Unfortunately they could not continue as Benneteau had to give wo before their QF match.
Richard's next opponent is the Serb Viktor Troicki.