Second seed Holger Rune and wildcard Ryan Peniston will on Wednesday meet in the second-round at the Queen’s Club Championship. To get here, Peniston needed one hour and 24 minutes to get the better of Ugo Humbert in straight sets. This was his 12th win of the season and he will hope to keep his winning start intact. Having defeated Rune in their only other encounter on grass last season in Eastbourne, Peniston will be confident of an upset. The Briton has had a rocky season thus far and comes to this match having more losses than wins. A disastrous clay court campaign where he claimed only one win from nine matches precipitated his decline. He is currently ranked 265th in the live ranking.
Rune battled for almost two hours with Maxime Cressy before he secured the straight sets win to book this round. The win was his first on grass in his career. Rune made his grass court debut last season and lost all three matches that he took part in. However, he has been in terrific form this season and his win over Cressy highlights this even more. Rune has played three tour finals so far and has one win. His 31 wins and 11 losses have seen him break into the top 10 for the first time in his career. He currently sits sixth. The winner of this second-round tie will play either sixth-seed Lorenzo Musetti or the unseeded Ben Shelton in the third round.
Peniston has defeated Rune on grass in their only previous encounter. That was last season, and since then, Rune has grown to become a top-10 player. Rune also arrives for this match in superior form. Our prediction for Ryan Peniston v Holger Rune is for Rune to win.