Ruben (ATP-226) was not able to win his first match at the Ethias Trophy in Mons. The eight seed was too strong in two sets.
Ruben, who received a wildcard for the tournament, was up against eighth seed Radu Albot (ATP-101) from Moldavia. In an exciting first set Ruben had to serve to stay in the set at 4-5, he made some errors and with a double fault the set went to Albot 4-6. In the second set Ruben took an early lead, but Albot broke back and was again the better player at the end of the set: 5-7.
Ruben will now travel to the United States, next week he plays in Fairfield.