Tommy Paul beats Ben Shelton to reach Australian Open semi-finals

Tommy Paul beats Ben Shelton to reach Australian Open semi-finals

Tommy Paul Beats Ben Shelton To Reach Australian Open Semi Finals

Tommy Paul beat American Ben Shelton in his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open.

Both men were unfazed in the quarter-finals but the 25-year-old Pole won 7-6(6), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 and used his vast experience to book a last four date with both Novaks. Djokovic or Andrey Rublev, who will play Wednesday in the other quarter-final of the day.

The 20-year-old Shelton’s run, in his second major and his first trip outside the USA, is one of the stories of the race.

The big hitter was unimpressed with the left-hander playing for the first time at Rod Laver Arena, but Paul was a fan of the two and ultimately was the difference.

Paulus said: “This is my first time on this court, my first time in the quarter-finals. I’m pumped to be there and really excited for anyone to play on Friday. It’s everyone’s dream to make the Peace Half and I can’t believe I’m here now.”

After breaking down in the third set, Shelton moved to take it to the fourth, but lost serve in the opening game and was unable to claw his way back.

Paul, who will enter the top 20 for the first time since the tournament, will become the first American to reach the semifinals here since Andy Roddick in 2009.

Along with Sebastian Korda, it was the best showing by the American men in almost 20 years and it seemed to herald an exciting time for a country that has been searching for Roddick’s successor for the past decade.

There’s a lot of excitement for Shelton, who hasn’t left college yet, and he might be the best of the lot, but this is Paul’s day.

“It’s definitely Ben Shelton’s first time out of state, so I think he’s had a great trip as well,” Paul said in an interview on the court at Rod Laver Arena.

“I was doing a couple of interviews yesterday and they asked me how I felt in the quarter-finals. I said, ‘The ending looks a little better!’ So, set out to be there. And I’m happy for anyone to play on Friday.

“We’ve reached the second weekend of the Slam, which is everyone’s dream when they start playing tennis. So I can’t believe I’m here now.”


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