Richard lost in the third round of Miami to Mardy Fish 4-6 3-6.
Two days before Richard had made light work of Paolo Lorenzi, defeating the Italian 6-2 6-3, but he never found his game against Fish.
Though the American had a poor first serve percentage throughout the match, he troubled Richard with high-kicking second serves and never allowed him to dominate. The seventh game in the seocnd set was key, it lasted more than 10 minutes and Richard had a couple of breakpoints, but could not convert, he himself was broken in the next game and Fish served out.
Richard's next tournament is Monte Carlo.