Coming back from his injury, Richard won his first round match in Dubai against Grigor
Dimitrov 6-2 6-4.
After a quick first set, in which Dimitrov was not able to score a single point on Richard's serve, the match got tougher in the second set. While the Bulgarian missed his break chances, Richard was efficient and used his first breakpoint to go up 5-4. He served out convincingly.
His next opponent is the winner of Bubka/Ljubicic.