Richard reached the final of Montpellier by beating Gael Monfils 6-4 6-3. He will play Jerzy Janowicz for the title.
It started well, Richard broke his compatriot for a 2-0 lead, but could not keep his advantage. He had his hands full against Monfils's powerful serving and ground strokes, but he remained focussed and used a lapse of concentration from his opponent to win the first set 6-4.
Richard played even better in the second set and broke Monfils for 5*4.Serving for the match, he had to save two breakpoints, but he kept his nerve and used his first match point with a great backhand winner.