Ryan Peniston in the second round of the 2022 Cinch Championships at The Queen's Club, London, UK
Ryan Peniston in the second round of the 2022 Cinch Championships at The Queen's Club, London, UK | (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Eastbourne 2022 | Peniston battles past Rune to continue momentum, faces Martinez next

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Ryan Peniston [WC] def Holger Rune [8] 4-6 7-6(5) 6-1
  • Peniston v Pedro Martinez | H2H: First Meeting
EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND – Ryan Peniston continues his summer of dreams as he defeated Roland Garros quarter-finalist Holger Rune to set up a second round meeting with Pedro Martinez.

 

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Ryan Peniston has continued his awesome summer on grass as he defeated Roland Garros quarter-finalist Holger Rune in three sets. Both players were battling for an early advantage in the opening set as Peniston continued to create ridiculous angles from the baseline early on.

However Rune fended off the Brit’s early attack with a mixture of power, depth and drop-shots to catch his opponent off guard. After holding serve in a long seventh game, Rune already looked more confident on serve and that freed up some tension on return. In the end more powerful and attacking shots were too deep for Peniston to counter-attack and Rune broke in the tenth game for the opening set.

In the second set Peniston used his slice a lot more and brought Rune into the net a lot more allowing him to create easy passing shot winners. Peniston was the more attacking player of the two but the Brit couldn’t create any break point opportunities as Rune forced a second set tiebreak. In a nervy tiebreak where both players was hesitant to lose the set, it was Peniston who conjured up a powerful backhand return on set point to force a deciding set.

After sharing breaks at the start of the third set, it was Peniston who took control of the match as he produced some ridiculous defensive shots which allowed him to create attacking patterns of play. Rune kept falling for the trap of coming into the net and the Brit made him pay as he would break three times in the set and a backhand return into the net from the Dane sealed yet another victory for Peniston in what is turning into a remarkable grass court season for him.

 

Ryan Peniston [WC] v Pedro Martinez  H2H & Match Fundamentals

Ryan Peniston [WC] v Pedro Martinez H2H: First meeting
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Next for Peniston is Pedro Martinez who was one set all with Alejandro Davidovich Fokina before his Spaniard compatriot retired.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022)

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H2H: Ryan Peniston (WR 147) Pedro Martinez (WR 49)
Tournament Previous Best N/A N/A
1st Serve % 61.1 64.1
Service Games Won % 77.2 73
Break Points Saved % 50.9 55.4
2nd Serve Return Points Won % 51.1 50.1
Break Points Converted % 41 35.5

Peniston has the edge in most of the statistics but will need to be aware of Martinez’s quality on big points.

 

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Playing Styles and Prediction

Martinez headed into this tournament on a seven match losing streak and the Spaniard has played some error-prone tennis at times. When the Spaniard wants to he can cause problems with his aggression and consistency which can frustrate the opposition.

Should Peniston be consistent with his aggression and continue to defend like he has done then he should win easily here. The Spaniard will look to be consistent and time his aggression perfectly but Peniston’s grass court nuance should lead him to victory here.

Prediction: Peniston in straight sets.

 

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