Tommy Paul beats Ben Shelton in an all-American duel to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open



cnn

Tommy Paul Beat Fellow American Ben Shelton in a tough fought recreation on the Australian Open to succeed in the primary Grand Slam semifinal of his profession.

Few would have anticipated both of those males to succeed in the quarter-finals in Melbourne, however Paul’s expertise proved it as he went 7-6 6-3 5-7 6-4 to win a semi-final match towards one of many nine-time winners to arrange Novak Djokovic or World #6 Andrei Rublev.

Paul, presently ranked No. 35 on the planet, is now assured to interrupt into the world high 20 for the primary time in his profession and is the primary American to succeed in the final 4 of the Australian Open since Andy Roddick in 2009.

“It is my first time on this pitch [Rod Laver Arena], my first within the quarterfinals of a slam,” stated 25-year-old Paul after the match. “It is also Ben Shelton’s first time leaving the States so I believe he had a reasonably good match too.

“Reaching the second Slam weekend is everybody’s dream after they begin enjoying tennis, so I can not consider I am right here proper now.”

Shelton was the revelation of this Australian Open.

The hard-hitting left-hander was solely enjoying within the second Grand Slam of his profession – the primary got here on the US Open in late 2022 – and had by no means traveled to New Zealand and Australia to arrange for the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months, even exterior the US.

Tommy Paul and Ben Shelton are part of an exciting group of American tennis stars.

The 20-year-old presently boasts a profession excessive rating – quantity 89 on the planet – and his performances in Australia up to now imply he’ll enter the world high 50 subsequent Monday.

Shelton carried out properly in Wednesday’s match, combating again after a breakdown to win the third set when it appeared like Paul would stroll away with a set win.

Shelton additionally fired 24 aces in the course of the recreation, the quickest at a booming 145 mph, and 42 winners. Nonetheless, it was a scarcity of consistency and unforced errors – 50 in comparison with Paul’s 26 – that helped his opponent win.

With countryman Sebastian Korda Reaching the quarterfinals in Melbourne marked the primary time since 2000 – when Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Chris Woodruff reached the final eight – that three US gamers have reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

The 2023 season was already wanting promising for American tennis – with Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff on the helm – however the emergence of Paul and Shelton as contenders to go deep at Grand Slams solely makes it higher extra thrilling.