Richard defeated Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-4 3-6 7-6 and will play Roger Federer today. He saved one matchpoint on the Spaniard's serve in the tie-break. The match was neither streamed nor televised.
Two days earlier, Richard was busy in another three-setter disposing Andreas Seppi 6-4 6-7 6-4.
The match was played late in the evening in very windy conditions.
Richard won the first set without playing great and had two matchpoints at the end of the second set, but he was too passive and the Italian saved them and stormed through the breaker. The final set saw many breaks, but when Seppi went up 4-2, things looked bleak. But Richard hold himself together while Seppi collapsed a bit, notably on serve. Richard broke back, took Seppi's serve at 4 all and showed no hesitation when he served for the match for a hard fought 6-4 6-7 6-4 victory.