In Doha Ruben (ATP-225) was not able to secure a spot on the main draw of the Australian Open. He went down in three sets against an Australian.
Ruben faced Andrew Harris (ATP-232) in the first qualifying round, from whom he has already won once. The Australian took the best start and won the first set with 4-6. Ruben did not surrender and took a 5-3 lead in set two, but could not serve it out. He managed to break again, and took the second set 7-5. In the third set, however, an early break was fatal, Ruben lost the set with 3-6 and will not play the Australian Open in February.