Richard is one step away from defending his title in Montpellier. To do so, he will have to beat Paul-Heri Mathieu.
In the quarter finals, Richard scored his first win over Marcos Baghdatis in two tight stes: 6-4 6-4.
In the semifinals, Richard looked done and dusted when he was trailing 1-6 0*-3 against Dustin Brown. The German was simply unplayable, hitting aces and winners at will. Richard managed to hang in. He got the break back and turned the match into his favour. It was a win based on experience and the will never to give up.