Richard defeated the German Florian Mayer 6-3 6-2 in the first round of Montreal.
Richard started the match with a challenge, and he was right to do so, as this wrong call marked his first forehand winner. Richard broke Mayer, who was not in the form of their recent DC-match inspite of some nice touch on his volleys, in the second game and kept this advantage. Mayer had two breakpoints when Richard served for the set, but strong serving did it for Richard.
The third game of the second set was Richard's best. He broke Mayer to love, scoring on his own merit to go up 1-2*. Another break gave him a comfortable 4-1 lead. Mayer still came close to a rebreak, but Richard saved again two breakpoints. When he served for the match, there was no hesitation.
His next opponent is Tomaz Bellucci.