MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tommy Paul reached his first Grand Slam semifinal and stunned Ben Shelton by winning his All-American match 7-6 (6), 6-3, 5-7, 6 at the Australian Open. Ended the race. -4 on Wednesday.
Paul, 25, from New Jersey, is the first man from his country to reach the Final Four at Melbourne Park since Andy Roddick in 2009. Roddick was also the last man from the United States to win a Grand Slam singles title. Championship, 20 years ago at the US Open.
The 35th-ranked Paul was a star as a junior, winning the 2015 French Open title and reaching the final at Flushing Meadows that year. As a pro, he owns a tour-level title in Stockholm in 2021 and, until this week, had reached the fourth round in just one Grand Slam tournament — a year ago at Wimbledon.
His semifinal opponents will be 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic or No. 5 seed Andrey Rublev. Djokovic enters Wednesday night’s major quarterfinal match with a 43-10 career record. Rublev was 0-6 at that stage.
Friday’s other men’s semifinal is No. 18 Karen Khachanov against No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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