I am so proud of Richard for his effort last night!
I thought he played amazingly, it was one of the best matches i've seen in a long time! I thought that after going two sets down he'd give up a bit, but he proved me wrong, and continued fighting until the very end. It was brilliant! It was so hard to watch him in such obvious pain in the fifth set but I think he showed how much he has improved mentally, this time last year he lost 6-0 in the fifth but this year he kept on fighting.
and the two shots he hit on match point were unbelievable!
Eric and Fabrice were laughing at the fact that despite hardly being able to move, he could still hit such beautiful shots!
Although he'll obviously be disappointed, Richie should walk away from this tournament with his head held high. I think he gained a lot of fans last night!
I hope Richard learns from this. I believe that if he hadn't been cramping he could've won this match so if he works really hard on his fitness, hopefully he'll have more confidence in himself and believe that he can win these big matches next time.
I stayed up until 6am to watch this match, and it was worth every second!