Richard defeated David Ferrer 6-3 6-3 in a match, delayed by earlier rainbreaks to reach his first Masters Series quarterfinal of the year. His opponent will be world number 2, Rafael Nadal.
Prior to this match, David Ferrer has always been a very tough opponent for Richard. Today, Richard went up 2-0 very quickly. In the following game, he saved three break points, showing controlled aggression and great variety. Though Ferrer was able to come back for 4-3, Richard broke him again and served out the set.
In the second set everything went on the serve, Ferrer leading 2-1. His injury break could not deter Richard who held his serve easily for 2-2. Then Richard really started to play. Drop shots, returns, net attacks. Richard displayed his full arsenal breaking serve twice to win the match on a glorious match-point with his trade-mark shot: a backhand down the line.