Richard defeats C. Rochus 7-6 6-3, hitting 23
Nevertheless, the beginning was tough. Rochus did not play poorly and Richard was tense. Rochus gifted him the TB with a DF. More aggression by Richard in the second set, he had many break chances at 2-2, but did not convert them. But instead of getting frustrated, he won his own serve easily and was inspired in Rochus' next service game, breaking him to love, hitting some glorious BH winners on the way. The rest was a formality, with Richard breaking Rochus once more.