After almost two months Richard returned to competitiive tennis in Bercy. In the first round he defeated the dangerous South-African giant Kevin Anderson 6-4 7-6. In the second round he lost to Roger Federer 2-6 4-6.
According to French news, he will play a small tournament in Caen (France) mid December, before moving down under, where he will play the Hopman Cup with Marion Bartoli to start his 2012 campaigne.
It was a great pleasure to see Richard live in Paris. He played well against Anderson, showing great agility and speed.
Against Roger Federer, who was in huge form on that day (75 % first serves in), his lack of match practise, particularly on serve, showed. But he demonstrated his fighting spirit, coming back after a break in the second set with some stunning forehands. It was the serve, which let him down at 3 all and Roger did not let this advantage slip.
Richard seemed pleased with his performance after his ellbow injury and was smiling and joking in the press conference.
Source of the Picture and Interview in French