Novak Djokovic continued his unbeaten run in 2011, defeating Richard 6-2 6-4 in the quarter finals of Indian Wells.
Richard started well and was a break up in the first set. In a service game that lasted more than 12 minutes, Novak broke back and displayed all his current form to take the set 6-2.
A similar scenario developed in the second set, Richard could not hold on to his early break and was broken himself in the 7th game. This was enough for Novak to take victoty 6-2 6-4.
Richard did not plya badly, but Novak's great returns gave him no cheap points on serve and prevented him from developing his game.
His next tournament is Miami.