US Open: Ben Shelton continues shock run into semifinals as he downs fellow American Frances Tiafoe...

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2023-09-06 04:44:57  • 5 mins

For a moment, it looked as if Ben Shelton's biggest strength could be his undoing.

The young American, who reached serve speeds of up to 149mph in his last match, fired 12 aces on Tuesday night and continually unsettled Frances Tiafoe with his power.

But he just couldn't get his serves to stick over the course of two crucial tiebreak points in the third set, as two consecutive double faults turned a 6-5 advantage into a 7-6 hole.

Not for the only time on the night, though, the 20-year-old found a way to dig himself out, scraping himself to a tiebreak win and an eventual 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-2 victory.

It had been 15 years since two black American men faced off at Arthur Ashe Stadium before Tiafoe and Shelton took center stage on Tuesday.

The previous time a pair of black American men played one another at Ashe, a 28-year-old James Blake outlasted a 19-year-old Donald Young in five sets , and there was a similar - if slightly less pronounced - gap in experience this time around.

Twenty year-old Shelton has been on the ATP Tour for less than a year, while 25-year-old Tiafoe turned pro back in 2015.

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