There was more British success at the Rothesay International with Ryan Peniston repeating his giant-killing run at Queen’s last week, by upsetting the eighth seeded Holger Rune at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne where he was joined by Dan Evans in the second round.
It’s been madness to be honest. A couple of weeks ago it was a lot different.
Holger’s a man in form and he did well at the French Open. Ryan Peniston
The 26-year-old from Great Wakering in Essex, now seemingly has an appetite for upsets having toppled the top seed Casper Ruud of Norway at Queens where he reached the quarter finals on his debut.
Now he has added the 19-year-old Dane Rune, the world No.28 and former world junior No.1, to his growing list of top players’ scalps, as he battled back from a set down to progress 4-6 7-6(5) 6-1.
“Really happy with it. To back up a couple of wins last week feels really good,” Peniston , currently ranked 147, said.
“I’m happy with how I fought even though after losing the first set, managing to pull through at the end was good.
“It’s been madness to be honest. A couple of weeks ago it was a lot different.
“Holger’s a man in form and he did well at the French Open.”
Peniston, will take on Pedro Martinez in the next round following the Spaniard’s 6-1 7-6(6) victory over his compatriot Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina.
Meanwhile Dan Evans made it a trio of British first round successes when he joined Peniston and Jack Draper (who won on Monday) in round two with a straightforward 6-4 6-3 win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino who reached the last four of Den Bosch Open two weeks ago.
For the Warwickhire player and Britain’s No.2, it was a return to winning ways having won the Nottingham Challenger but then lost in the first round at Queen’s to the eventual champion Matteo Berrettini, last year’s Wimbledon finalist.
Currently Evan’s record on grass this year is won six of seven matches in which he has dropped just two sets.
“It was a tough match. Not an enjoyable one, he is pretty tricky,” Evans admitted.
“I’m just delighted to come through and another match on the grass before Wimbledon.
“It was clinical performance; I took my chances when I got them. It was a frustrating week last week, so I’m happier today.”
His next opponent is French-American Maxime Cressy who toppled the big serving 6’11” Reilly Opelka, the fifth seed from the US, last Monday 6-2 6-1.
Daniel Evans goes through comfortably
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