Ruben (ATP-113) was not able to reach the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. He lost his last qualifying match in 2 sets.
Ruben had to compete against the American Tim Smyczek (ATP-126) in the decisive qualifying round. The Belgian lost the first set with 3-6, but played better in the second set. A tiebreak had to bring the decision, Smyczek won it 6-7(1). The match lasted 1 hour and 21 minutes.