Few Would have expected either one of these men to make it to the quarterfinals. MelbourneHowever, Paul’s experience told as he won 7-6 6-3 5-7 6-4 to set up a semifinal clash against either nine-time winner Novak Djokovic The world or you No. 6 Andrey Rublev.
PaulCurrently ranked No. 35 in the world, is now guaranteed to climb into the world’s top 20 for the first time in his career and becomes the first American The man who reaches the fourth and final four Australian Open Since Andy Roddick 2009
“This is my first time on this court [Rod Laver Arena], my first in the quarterfinals of a slam,” The 25-year old Paul After the match, he said. “It It also Ben Shelton’s first time leaving the States, so I think he’s had a pretty good tournament as well.
“Making it to the second weekend of a slam is everyone’s dream when they start playing tennis, so I can’t believe I’m here right now.”
Shelton The revelation of this Australian Open.
The big-hitting lefty was playing in only the second gr slam of his career – the first coming at the US Open at the end of 2022 – and before traveling to New Zealand and Australia In preparation for the first grand Slam of the year, the team had never been outside the USA.
The 20-year-old currently boasts a career-high ranking – world No. 89 – and his performances so far in Australia means he will now be ranked in the world’s top 50 come Monday.
Shelton He gave a great account of himself in Wednesday’s match, fighting back from a break down to take the third set when it looked as though Paul With a win in straight sets, he would be crowned the winner.
Shelton Also, there were 24 aces and 42 winners during the match. However, it was the lack of consistency and unforced errors – 50 compared to Paul’s 26 – that helped his opponent come away with the win.
With compatriot Sebastian Korda In addition, the quarterfinals were reached in Melbourne, it was the first time since 2000 – when Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Chris Woodruff reached the last eight – that three US players have made the Australian Open’s quarterfinals.
The Already, the 2023 season looked promising. American tennis – with Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, Jessica Pegula Coco Gauff leading the charge – but the emergence of Paul Shelton It’s all the more exciting when there are a few people who can go deep in grand Slams.