LONDON (AP) — Casper Ruud endured a tough transition from clay to the grass courts, with the top seed losing his opening-round match at the Queen's Club in straight sets to an opponent ranked No. 180 on Tuesday.
Nine days after playing—and losing—to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, Ruud was beaten, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) by little-known Briton Ryan Peniston, a 26-year-old in his first ATP Tour main draw.
It was only the seventh time the top seed has lost a first-round match at Queen's in the Open era, with the Norwegian joining an illustrious list containing Andy Murray, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors.
"I can't really believe it," Peniston said. "It feels like a dream. I didn't get much sleep last night, it doesn't feel real.
"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."