Richard defeated Mikhael Youzhny 6-2 7-6 to reach the semifinals in Basel where he will face Juan-Martin del Potro.
Richard needed 6 breakpoints to break his opponent in the third game of the first set. Despite some double faults in his next service game he hold on and broke the Russian again to take the first set 6-2.
In the second set, Youzhny went up a break for 3-1, but Richard levelled immediately. The high quality match with beautiful backhand winners from both players went to a tiebreak in which Richard twice caught up with a minibreak and took the match at his first match point.