After day 5 in Madrid, Richard stands 8 points away from a qualifying position in Shanghai. There are just two tournament weeks left before the year end Masters Cup.
Next week, Richard is in Lyon, where some much needed points are up for grabs.
Seeded 4th, Richard has been drawn to face a qualifier in the first round of the Grand Prix de tennis de Lyon.
Richard is scheduled to play top seed Andy Roddick in the semifinals.
Full singles draw