Ryan Peniston pulls off Casper Ruud upset at Queen's as Wimbledon wildcard announced

by 24britishtvJune 14, 2022, 6:01 p.m. 15
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Ryan Peniston pulled off a stunning upset in his ATP Tour debut at the Queen’s Club as he downed top seed Casper Ruud 7-6(4) 7-6(2). The Brit needed two hours and 10 minutes to send the world No 5 packing, with Ruud playing fresh off reaching his first Grand Slam final at the French Open. Peniston was announced as one of the wildcards for Wimbledon while on court.

Peniston was making his main draw debut against the toughest opponent possible - top seed Ruud. The Norwegian was fresh off the back of his first Grand Slam final at the French Open and reached a career-high ranking of world No 5 on Monday but it was the underdog who got off to a better start, creating three break point chances in the opening game.

The top seed was able to save all three, and was forced to fend off three more throughout the opening set. It was the 26-year-old’s turn to face pressure on his serve as he saved a set point in a lengthy game to hold for 6-6 and force a tiebreak.

And it was the home favourite who recovered from an early mini-break to win two points in a row on the Ruud serve en route to closing out a 7-6(4) first set. The 23-year-old received treatment from the physio at the conclusion of the set for what appeared to be an issue with his left leg or hip.

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