Richard reached the 3rd round of the Australian Open by defeating his compatriote Adrian Mannarino 6-3 7-6 6.4. His next opponent is Tomas Berdych.
Richard had the first breakpoint, but Mannarino achieved the first break to go up 2-1. Richard managend to get back at 3 all, and secured the set 6-3.
The second set was tighter, though Richard was largely dominant on serve, he could not catch Mannarino until the breaker, which he took 7-4.
In the third set, Richard was up quickly 3-0, but could not hold his advantage. At 5-4, however, Richard obtained the winning break. There were some weird linesmen's decisions in that last game, affecting both players.