Ruben (ATP-152) was not able to reach the quarterfinals of the Challenger tournament in Kyoto. He lost in three sets to home player Yosuke Watanuki (ATP-587).
Ruben, seeded third in Kyoto, started the match well and took the first set 6-1. In the second set one break was enough for the Japanese to win the set 4-6. In an exciting third set both players lost their service once, a tiebreak had to decide the match, which Watanuki won 6-7(4). Earlier, the Japanese also defeated Joris De Loore.
In the doubles Ruben (ATP D-323) and Joris (ATP D-531) got a walkover in the first round. They meet fourth seeded Steven De Waard (ATP D-163) and Andrew Whittington (ATP D-78) from Australia in the quarterfinals.