Richard defeated Marco Chiudinelli 6-1 6-4 to reach the quarters in Basel where he will face the winner of Youzhny/Ebden.
The Swiss wildcard was no match for Richard who was in control from start to finish. Richard forced Chiudinell into errors again and again and broke the Swiss' service twice to take the first set.
In the second set, Richard broke immediately and hold his advantage to the end. Though Chiudinelli played better, Richard was never in danger, he never had to face a breakpoint.