Andy Murray stopped Richard's run in Miami with a 6-7 6-1 6-2 victory. Richard has been called up for the Davis Cup tie against Argentina next week.
Richard was on fire at the start of the match and went up 3-0 hitting great backhand winners. Poor serving cost him this advantage and Murray was even able to break once more. But the Scot double faulted on set point and the match went to a breaker which Richard took convincingly 7-3.
The 4th game in the second set was decisive. Richard missed two smashes to set up breakpoints and the Scot converted with a net cord. The rest of the set was one way traffic for the Murray: 6-1.
Richard had blisters treated before the start of the third set. Broken straight away, he managed to rebreak, but had not enough in the tank left to prevent Murray's win.