Australian Open 2023: Tommy Paul, unseeded American, reaches semifinals with win over Ben Shelton

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Tommy Paul remains in the middle of a deep run in the 2023 Australian Open as an unseeded gamer. Late Tuesday night, he beat fellow American Ben Shelton 7-6 (6), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the quarterfinals to end up being simply the 4th American male to make a Grand Slam semifinal given that 2017.

This is the very first significant semifinal of his profession, however he has actually revealed numerous times that he should not be neglected — even in this really competition. He’s currently looked after 2 seeded challengers in Australia — No. 30 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and No. 24 Roberto Bautista Agut.¬†

“I like to think the last four years of my career has just been like steady steps moving up,” Paul stated after the win, according to the Associated Press. “I mean, that’s what it’s felt like. I feel like hopefully 2023 is the year where I really make a big jump.”

Americans Paul, Shelton and No. 29 Sebastian Korda all reached the last 8, ending up being the most American guys to reach quarterfinals at a Grand Slam given that Andre Agassi, Robby Ginepri and James Blake in the 2005 U.S. Open. Korda retired versus Karen Khachanov due to a wrist injury.

Paul is presently ranked No. 35 on the planet, however reached a career-high No. 28 last September. He entered into Melbourne having actually made it to the 4th round of in 2015’s Wimbledon and the 3rd round of the U.S. Open. The 25-year-old budding star likewise reached the 2nd round of the French Open in 2020, 2021, and has actually signed up wins over leading challengers consisting of Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev.

“I’m really excited. It’s every person’s dream when they start playing tennis to play the big matches at the Slam,” he stated.

Another huge match lies ahead for the American, as 21-time Grand Slam songs champ Novak Djokovic is waiting on him in the semifinals.

After removing Agut in the 3rd round, Paul stated he wasn’t pleased since “semifinal sounds a lot better than quarterfinal every day of the week.” He’ll get a shot to make the last now.

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