Tomas Berdych defeated Richard 6-2 7-6 6-2 in the 3rd round of the Australian Open.
His next scheduled tournament is Zagreb.
Though Berdych conceded a break to start the match, he hugely dominated the first set. 94% of first serves were simply too much for Richard who was overpowered.
Richard hang in, saved breakpoints early in the 2nd set and raised his level considerably. But two DFs in the breaker cost him the set.
Unfortunately Richard could not keep his consistency in the last set. Brilliant points were followed by grave mistakes. When Berdych served for the match, some fantastic shot-making from Richard brought him 3 bps, but he could not turn the match around.