Richard's race to London suffered a temporary stop, when he lost to Vasek Pospisil 3-6 4-6 in the first round of Shangahi.
Richard had litte time to recover and adapt to Shanghai. Without a bye, he had to play Vasek Pospisil, an upcoming Player in fast indoor conditions under a closed roof due to rain. The Canadian put up a brilliant performance and powered to victory.
Richard is scheduled to play Moscow next week.