Nicolas made some great shots at the net but he missed too many returns, too many easy volleys and wasn't consistent enough in general. But he was the one making most of the plays, and that makes it even more disappointing, he was the one dictating.
In the second set, he wasn't dominating, but lucky to win it. In the third he was more convincing, I agree.
I liked what I saw from Richard today, he was close to the baseline on returns, even tried to step in, it did not always work, but it was great to see that he tried. And he did never look as iif he would resignate. Nice emotions at the end.
Mahut served superbly in the third set and hit some gorgeous volleys throughout.