Of the new generation of American tennis players, Tommy Paul, is coming of age. The 25-year-old has reached his first Australian Open semi-final, which is also his first at a major, after beating compatriot Ben Shelton 7-6(6), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 on Wednesday.
Paul is the first player from his country to reach this far in over a decade – since Andy Roddick in 2009.
Paul, who is ranked 35th in the ATP rankings and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon 2022, awaits the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Andrey Rublev in the penultimate round.
Tommy, the dark horse who haunts Spanish tennis, has won his last 11 matches against Spaniards, knew how to handle the pressure better in the decisive moments.
Dedication to his mother
Shelton’s smile faded as the minutes ticked by, even though he was able to take a set, the third.
After the game, Paul dedicated the victory to his mother, who had flown in on Monday from the United States to watch the quarter-finals live.