Alejandro Falla put up a good fight today, but it was Richard who prevailed in straight sets, 7-6(4), 6-3.
Thursday's order of play Gasquet vs. Roddick, fourth on Centre Court. See it here
Richard had a consistently high first serve percentage of 72%, which proved crucial in the tie break! Although it took nearly two hours to see off the qualifier, Richards game was solid as he saved 70% of break points and also played well on return games.
The test now gets really hard for Richard, as in round 2, he will face either Jose Acasuso or Andy Roddick!