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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Ruud cae and 1ra ronda and Queen’s Club

LONDON ( Associated Press) — Casper Ruud endured a difficult transition from clay to grass, leaving the Queen’s Club tournament without its top seed, who fell in straight sets to an opponent ranked 180th in the world on Tuesday.

Nine days after he played —and lost— the French Open final against Rafael Nadal, Ruud fell 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) to local Ryan Peniston, who at 26 is playing his first main draw tournament on the ATP Tour.

Sam Querry, the 2010 Queen’s champion, showed he’s still a force to be reckoned with on grass at 34 by beating fifth-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-1, 6-4.

It was only the seventh time the top seed had lost in the first round at Queen’s since the open era began. The Norwegian joined a select but undesirable list that includes Andy Murray, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors.

“I can’t believe it,” Peniston said. “It feels like a dream. I didn’t get much sleep last night and it doesn’t feel real.”

“Obviously Casper is an incredible player, he did very well at the French Open so I knew it would be a difficult task. But you have to go out there knowing you have a chance to win — that’s what I did.”

The Norwegian’s specialty is clay and he looked a bit slow on grass. He recently said that “grass is for golfers” and that he felt “more comfortable on the golf course than in grass tennis at the moment.”

He had difficulties with his rhythm throughout the duel and needed hip treatment after falling down the line.

Peniston took five points in a row on his way to winning the first tie break, shortly after Ruud slipped on set point.

Ruud dropped again early in the second set but broke Peniston for the first time to go up 4-3, only for the seventh-best Briton to return the courtesy immediately and win another tiebreak.

Reigning champion Matteo Berrettini, the tournament’s second seed, had no problems in their first meeting, beating 6-3, 6-3 Dan Evans, a British player with more experience, who won the Nottingham Open on Sunday, another tournament of grass.

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