Ruben (ATP D-323) and Joris De Loore (ATP D-531) were not able to win the title at the challenger tournament of Kyoto. They lost a thrilling final to the top seeds.
The Belgian pair was up against the Thai twins Sanchai Ratiwatana (ATP D-102) and Sonchat Ratiwatana (ATP D-98). On paper the Thai players were the favorites, but the Belgians got the best start. They won the first set 6-4. Early in the second set, the Ratiwatana brothers were able to take a break advantage. Joris and Ruben got three break opportunities, but the set went 4-6 to the opponent.
A super tiebreak had to bring the decision and Ratiwatana/Ratiwatana took an early lead. After 1 hour and 8 minutes they got the victory 6-4, 4-6 en 7-10.
Ruben (ATP-152) is now traveling to Yokohama, where he is seeded sixth. He meets Lloyd Harris (ATP-294) in the first round.