Richard reached the final of Estoril by beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 3-6 6-2 7-6. He will play Nick Kyrgios for the title.
Garcia Lopez, the winner of Bucharest last week, is certainly in form right now. In the first set, the Spaniard was almost flawless, and Richard - despite not playing badly - had to concede the set 3-6.
Richard kept his focus, became even more aggressive and was able to turn around the match: 6-2 in the second set. Richard broke at the start of the third set and won his service games very comfortably until the moment when he had to serve for the match, he was broken to love. But he did not collapse. He took the match to a breaker and there it was Garcia-Lopez faltering. Richard imposed himself 7-1 for a hard-fought 3-6 6-2 7-6 victory.