2023-01-25 05:00:00

Paul beats rising star Shelton to reach semi-finals

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Tommy Paul is the 24th American man to reach the Australian Open semi-finals in the Open Era and the first since Andy Roddick in 2009

American Tommy Paul ended rising star Ben Shelton's surprise run at the Australian Open to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final in Melbourne.

World number 35 Paul won 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 5-7 6-4 against 20-year-old compatriot Shelton on Rod Laver Arena.

Shelton, still taking online college classes, had never left the United States before travelling to Australia.

Paul, 25, will play Serbia's nine-time winner Novak Djokovic or Russian fifth seed Andrey Rublev in the last four.

"This is my first time on this court, my first in the quarter-finals of a Slam. It is also Ben Shelton's first time leaving the States so I think he's had a pretty good tournament as well," said Paul.

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