Top Ad
I DIG Radio
www.idigradio.com
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
www.idigstyle.com
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Australian Open 2023 results: Tommy Paul beats rising star Ben Shelton to reach semi-finals

Written by 
Published in Tennis
Wednesday, 25 January 2023 00:01

American Tommy Paul ended rising star Ben Shelton's surprise run at the Australian Open to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final in Melbourne.

World number 35 Paul won 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 5-7 6-4 against 20-year-old compatriot Shelton on Rod Laver Arena.

Shelton, still taking online college classes, had never left the United States before travelling to Australia.

Paul, 25, will play Serbia's nine-time winner Novak Djokovic or Russian fifth seed Andrey Rublev in the last four.

"This is my first time on this court, my first in the quarter-finals of a Slam. It is also Ben Shelton's first time leaving the States so I think he's had a pretty good tournament as well," said Paul.

"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."

Former world number one Djokovic, the clear favourite for the men's title as he chases a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam, takes on Rublev at 08:30 GMT.

Greek third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet Russian Karen Khachanov in the other semi-final, with both of those matches taking place on Friday.

Paul, the first American men's semi-finalist at the Australian Open since 2009, reached the fourth round of a major for the first time at Wimbledon last year and had not previously moved beyond round three at Melbourne Park.

But he further extended his best ever Slam run against big-serving world number 89 Shelton, who was bidding to become only the fourth man in the Open Era to reach a semi-final within his first two Grand Slam appearances.

It has been a breakthrough tournament for left-hander Shelton, ranked outside of the top 500 a year ago, as he demonstrated his talent across four victories despite arriving in Melbourne with "no expectations".

Shelton, who hit 24 aces, saw his opportunities limited as he fell two sets down against the consistent Paul, but he seized his chances in the third as he battled back impressively from a break down to force a fourth set.

However, Paul would not be denied again. He restored order with an immediate break of serve and went on to confidently serve out the biggest win of his career after Shelton, who left the court to a standing ovation, forced him to do so by saving a match point.

Read 3 times

Soccer

Asensio nets stunner as Madrid down Valencia

Asensio nets stunner as Madrid down Valencia

Marco Asensio and Vinicius Junior scored second-half goals to earn Real Madrid a solid 2-0 win over...

Courtois: Madrid have to 'protect' Vinicius on pitch

Courtois: Madrid have to 'protect' Vinicius on pitch

Thibaut Courtois said Real Madrid teammate Vinicius Junior needs more protection after the forward w...

Messi not ruling out playing in 2026 World Cup

Messi not ruling out playing in 2026 World Cup

Lionel Messi is not ruling out playing for Argentina at the 2026 World Cup, but admitted age will ma...

Basketball

LeBron to play at Pacers as scoring hunt resumes

LeBron to play at Pacers as scoring hunt resumes

INDIANAPOLIS -- Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was set to resume his NBA scoring-record chase...

Embiid, Morant, SGA headline All-Star reserves

Embiid, Morant, SGA headline All-Star reserves

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant headlined the 2023 NBA A...

Baseball

Marlins' Arraez wins arbitration case, gets $6.1M

Marlins' Arraez wins arbitration case, gets $6.1M

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Luis Arraez, the 2022 American League batting champion, won his salary arbit...

Who will win ROY? The next Michael Harris II? Bold 2023 predictions for MLB's top prospects

Who will win ROY? The next Michael Harris II? Bold 2023 predictions for MLB's top prospects

It's out! ESPN MLB draft and prospect expert Kiley McDaniel ranked his top 100 MLB prospects for 202...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation
  • NFL

    Nactional Football Leagues
  • FISB

    Federation Internationale de Speedball

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.

 

Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Website: www.idig.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Affiliated