Richard lost 6-7 1-6 to Fernando Verdasco in the third round of Indian Wells. His next tournament is Miami.
At the start, it looked good, Richard had four breakpoints in the fourth game, but the Spaniard saved them all. Things looked still good when Richard had another four breakpoints at 5-4*, but again, he could not benefit. The set went to a breaker, in which Verdasco raced to a 4-0 lead, Richard came back to 5 all, but lost it 7-5.
The second set was a one-sided affair, Richard tried to vary his game more than earlier on, but Verdasco was confident, had all the answers and won the match 7-5 6-1.