Rookie Peniston, Wawrinka shock at Queens

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·2-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Top seed Casper Ruud, the French Open finalist, has been knocked out at Queen's by Ryan Peniston, who was making his debut on the ATP Tour.

Ruud is No.5 in the world, Peniston is No.7 in Britain.

Peniston, ranked 180 in the world, beat the Norwegian clay-court specialist 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2).

"I can't really believe it, it feels like a dream. I didn't get much sleep last night, it doesn't feel real," the 26-year-old said.

"Obviously Casper is an unreal player, he did so well at the French Open so I knew it was a tough ask, but you have to step on the court knowing you've got a chance to win - so that's what I did.

"It's a bit surreal, four or five years ago I was sitting over there watching. It's a bit unreal. I'll need a bit of time to process it."

Peniston was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft-tissue cancer, when aged just one and needed surgery and chemotherapy as well as regular check-ups for years afterwards.

"I don't remember much. But for my parents and my brothers, I think it must have been a pretty, pretty tough time," he said.

Peniston has thrived on the turf this year and already had Challenger Tour wins over Jiri Vesely and Adrian Mannarino under his belt while breaking into the top 200 for the first time.

Tour veteran and three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka survived a two-hour 48-minute marathon against doubles partner Frances Tiafoe.

The 37-year-old Swiss marked a winning return to grass in his first match on the surface since Wimbledon 2019, triumphing 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5).

"That was a long time ago," he said with a laugh.

"It's never been my best surface but today was great ... (Tiafoe) is a great friend, we played doubles yesterday. We always play some big battles, so I'm really happy to get through that one."

Wawrinka improves his tour-level record this season to 3-3, playing in his fourth event after returning from a foot injury.

"It takes time to be back at my age after more than a year off of the Tour," he said of his progress so far.

"I'm enjoying the atmosphere. I'm enjoying playing in front of fans like today."

The world No.290 will play either sixth seed Denis Shapovalov or Tommy Paul in the next round. That match was halted due to bad light at one set apiece.

Defending champion and second-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini was a 6-3 6-3 winner over Dan Evans while American qualifier Sam Querry upset No.5 seed Diego Swartzman of Argentina 6-1 6-4.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting