Richard lost 4-6 6-7 6-7 to Kevin Anderson in the 3rd round of the Australian Open. His next scheduled tournament is Montpellier.
Richard lost his first service game and against the strong serving South African, this was enough to concede the first set. Richard broke Anderson in the second set, but lost his advantage right away. The set went to a tiebreak and one weak point decided the outcome. Another tiebreak brought Anderson the victory.
Apart from the first set where he was dominated, Richard hold on well, he had 6 breakpoints versus Anderson's two, but it was the South African who served and played better in important situations.