Ruben (ATP-125) won his first qualifying match at the ATP tournament of Stuttgart. He beat Japanese Yasutaka Uchiyama (ATP-181) in three sets .
Ruben started the qualifications as the second seed. The Belgian did not start the match very well, he lost the first set 1-6. In the second set Ruben turned the tide, he won the set 6-3. The third set was decided in the tiebreak, which went to Ruben 7-6(4). The match lasted 1 hour and 51 minutes.
In the second and final qualifying round, Ruben will be playing against home player Peter Gojowczyk (ATP-141). Ruben is leading 3-2 in their previous encounters.