35 in the world Tommy At the Australian Open, Paul has advanced to his first major semifinal match. Tommy, who arrived in Melbourne with 11 Major victories, will now have the opportunity to compete either Andrey Rublev or Novak Djokovic for a spot in the championship match.
In three hours and six minutes at Rod Laver Arena, Paul defeated Ben Shelton, another young American. After Andy Roddick in 2009, Tommy was the first American to reach the Australian Open semifinals.
Shelton participated in his first event outside of the United States and enjoyed a fantastic run to the quarterfinals. He unleashed 24 aces today, but it was not enough for more than a set. Paul generated 15 break chances and outscored Shelton by 25 points.
The older American won in four sets and made it into the top 20 for the first time in his career after taking three and dropping service twice. Tommy controlled his strokes well and profited from the opponent’s 50 unforced errors, hitting 43 winners and 26 unforced errors.
Tommy At Rod Laver Arena, Paul defeated Ben Shelton in four sets.
In order to keep the pressure on the opposing side, he performed better behind the first and second serves and dropped only 21 points behind the first shot. In the shortest range up to four shots, Shelton and Paul remained par.
In the more complex exchanges, Tommy gained the initiative and far outran his opponent to secure the victory. Only one break point was faced in the first set, and Ben saved it in the third game to avert an early defeat. There were no mini-breaks in the opening 12 points, giving the returners their final opportunity before the tie break.
Before Paul seized the second to extend his lead at 7-6, Shelton saved a set point at 5-6. Both teams had break opportunities in the middle games of the second set, and Paul seized the chance. The more experienced American defeated the challenger in game six to gain a 4-2 lead and held at 15 in game nine to establish leads of 6-3 and 7-6 and edge closer to the finish line.
Shelton made it through the third game of the third set before being broken at 3-3. Paul was a few games from the finish line, but it was already too late for him. Ben came back with a break in game eight, held off another break opportunity, then produced his second break at 6-5 to take the set and prolong the struggle.
In the fourth set, Paul made a fresh start and only lost three points after the opening stroke. In the first game, he defeated Shelton and continued to provide pressure to the opposition. The more seasoned American clinched the deal with a hold at 5-4 to secure a spot in the semifinals after the younger American saved a match point on serve in game nine.