Richard overcame Nieminen in a tough three sets win yesterday. After a third set tussle, Richard prevailed 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
In the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open, he will face Andy Roddick. Scheduled in the evening session, the match will not start before 9.00pm PT.
This will be the second meeting between Richard and Roddick. The two met once last year, in Vienna. Richard gave Roddick a run for his money, but it was Roddick who came through in three sets. Richard will be hoping to overturn that loss later today in Indian Wells.
Richard and doubles partner, Julien Benneteau also won their first round doubles match. They ousted Bhupathi/Stepanek 6-4, 6-3.
Below are the stats from Richard's win over Nieminen.