Richard dropped just one game in his demolition job on Italian, Fognini. Richard rushed to victory in just 41 minutes. In the quarterfinals, Richard will face sixth seed, Stefan Koubek.
The ATP site reported about Richard's match:
"The Frenchman, currently No. 16 in the tightly-contested ATP 2007 Race, could add 27 points by winning the title, which would lift him to within 28 points of No. 8 James Blake. The top eight finishers in the ATP Race will qualify for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, to be played Nov. 11-18."