Unknown Paul surprises semi-final in Melbourne after beating ‘The Tourist’ Shelton

After Magda Linette in women, the biggest surprise of the Australian Open men’s tournament was American Tommy Paul.

The seedless Paul made his first Grand Slam semi-final in Melbourne, defeating compatriot Ben Shelton 20, 7-6(6) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

“Tourist” Shelton

Believe it or not, young Shelton will play his first tennis tournament outside the United States this year in Australia. Despite his inexperience, the former college tennis player did not show respect for his more experienced compatriot.

Still, the routine of 25-year-old Paul, who is number 35 in the world, was crucial. Shelton (ATP-89) really couldn’t keep up the momentum after winning the third set and made too many mistakes.

Paul beat Shelton in the opening game of the fourth set and hasn’t given up on that advantage, thanks in part to a smooth and strong final game.

The American, who won his first and only ATP title to date in Stockholm in 2021, plays in the semi-finals against the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Andrej Roeblev.

The other semi-final is already known: the third-placed Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas faces the eighteenth-placed Russian Karen Chatsjanov.

Source: NOS