Richard won his first round match against Denis Istomin 6-7 6-2 4-0 ret, but lost his doubles with Tsonga against the Spanish pairing Marrero/Verdasco. His next opponent is Roberto Bautista-Agut.
Denis Istomin was in good from and it showed in the first set. Richard committed many errors and could not use his breakpoint opportunities. The tiebreak was decided by a single minibreak.
In the second set, Richard broke right at the start. This seememd to have boosted his confidence, his errors dropped considerably and his attacks were more penetrating. Now it was Istomin's turn for being error-prone, Richard took the set 6-2.
The final set started like the second with a break from Richard. In the third game, Istomin hurt himself during a fabulous exchange with Richard winning the point. After a medical time-out, the Uzbek tried to continue, but had to withdraw at 4-0.