It was a long month without Richard on the tour, in fact six weeks. Richard returned to competition in Estoril after having practised in Barcelona the week before.
In the first round, he defated Marinko Matosevic 7-6 6-1. Richard lost the advantage of a break in the first set. The Australian took the set to a breaker and had even setpoints, but Richard saved them and won the tiebreak 9-7.
In the second set, Richard imposed himself decisively for a 7-6 6-1 victory. His next opponent is Kenny de Schepper.