Richard defeated Kevin Anderson in the third round of Cincinnati 7-6 6-4 and will meet Mardy Fish for a place in the quarter finals.
Scheduled on a court without cameras, Richard had a slow start and was broken in his first service game, although he hit only first serves. He managed to rebreak for 3 all and the match went to a tie-break, Richard already lead 4-0, but had to see the South African coming back to 4 all. The next three points went to Richard taking the set 7-6.
A much better start for Richard in the second set, he broke in the first game and never lost his advantage. He did not face a single breakpoint and his service statistics were impressive: 75 % of first serves in, scoring 83 % of the points on first and second serve. After 1 hour and 40 minutes he converted his first matchpoint.