At the ATP tournament in Miami (United States, ATP Masters 1000), Ruben (ATP-151) was not able to advance to the main draw. He went down in the first qualifying round.
Ruben faced 37-year-old Italian Paolo Lorenzi (ATP-107), the seventeenth seed, in the first qualifying round. The Belgiann narrowly lost the first set 5-7, but won the second set with 6-3. In the third set a tiebreak had to bring the decision, Lorenzi took it 6-7 (5). The match lasted 2 hours and 36 minutes.