Ben Shelton v Novak Djokovic: US Open males’s semi-final – reside | US Open Tennis 2023

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By Calvin S. Nelson

Key occasions

First set: *Shelton 2-5 Djokovic (*denotes subsequent server)

Shelton’s size continues to bother him, a number of pictures falling past the baseline. Djokovic wraps issues up with a thumping ace, leaving his opponent to serve to remain within the set.

First set: Shelton 2-4 Djokovic* (*denotes subsequent server)

Shelton has his first wobble as Djokovic pushes to 30-0. The teen responds with an enormous serve, however then nets to supply up two break factors. Djokovic solely wants one, with Shelton sending a cross-court shot huge. Benefit Djokovic.

First set: *Shelton 2-3 Djokovic (*denotes subsequent server)

Djokovic holds to like, selecting his pictures deftly and sending Shelton operating back and forth in useless.

First set: Shelton 2-2 Djokovic* (*denotes subsequent server)

Shelton delivers one other confident service recreation, however drops a few factors alongside the way in which. An tried drop shot goes awry when Djokovic returns the ball with venom, then one other shot goes lengthy, however in any other case he’s properly poised.

First set: *Shelton 1-2 Djokovic (*denotes subsequent server)

Djokovic cranks up the stress, tempting Shelton into a few wild pictures which go lengthy on the way in which to a simple maintain.

First set: Shelton 1-1 Djokovic* (*denotes subsequent server)

Shelton exhibits off his highly effective serve, whistling one down the courtroom at 136mph. He delivers a 138mph second serve to clinch the sport, holding to like. He’s a crowd pleaser, for positive. Djokovic seems to be quietly impressed.

First set: *Shelton 0-1 Djokovic (*denotes subsequent server)

Having ceded the opening level, Shelton earns an enormous cheer from the gang after successful a rally with a smash on the web. He repeats the trick to make it 30-15, sending a jolt of electrical energy by the stands. Djokovic hits again, nonetheless, rattling off three factors with impeccable hitting. Even so, it’s a promising begin for the teen.

The roof has been closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium as there’s a risk of rain, although it’s nonetheless sizzling and humid in New York. It’s been a gruelling match for the gamers owing to the sweltering situations, so let’s see whether or not that takes the sting off.

Djokovic and Shelton are warming up, with a bit beneath 10 minutes till the match will get beneath means. Will we see Shelton’s cellphone celebration once more at the moment? The percentages are stacked towards him, however he’s acquired youth, a strong serve and ironclad confidence on his aspect.

Ram and Salisbury win third males’s doubles title

In a historic achievement, Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury have claimed their third consecutive US Open males’s doubles title with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win towards Matthew Ebden and Rohan Bopanna. It’s their 18th straight victory at Flushing Meadows, with their final defeat coming within the semi-finals in 2020. They’ve change into the primary duo to triumph in three males’s finals on the bounce since George Lott and John Doeg, whose run lasted from 1928 to 1930. All in all, a powerful feat.

Fancy some extra pre-match studying? Go on, you’ve acquired time.

Consists of the standout quote: “At first I used to suppose unfavourable issues, like: ‘Why is there a lot stress? Why is that this so exhausting? Blah, blah, blah.’ I realise in a means it’s stress nevertheless it’s not. I imply, there are folks struggling to feed their households, individuals who don’t know the place their subsequent meal goes to return from, individuals who should pay their payments. That’s actual stress, that’s actual hardship, that’s actual life.”

Within the absence of any head-to-head knowledge to attract on, the US Open’s social media crew have shared a graphic evaluating and contrasting Djokovic’s profession so far with Shelton’s. As if the 20-year-old wanted reminding, his opponent has 1,074 profession wins to his 20 and 95 profession titles to his none. The lad’s acquired time on his aspect, no less than. No stress!

Likewise, in case you haven’t already, it’s price studying Bryan Armen Graham’s report on Alcaraz’s semi-final win towards Alexander Zverev. “I’m feeling nice bodily, I’m feeling robust sufficient mentally,” the defending champion mentioned afterwards. “I believe I’m able to play an awesome battle towards Medvedev within the semi-final.”

For many who want a recap on the ladies’s singles semi-finals, right here’s Tumaini Carayol on Coco Gauff’s victory over Karolina Muchova and Aryna Sabalenka’s comeback towards Madison Keys.


We’re formally on the enterprise finish of the US Open and, inevitably, Novak Djokovic is agency favorite to seal the deal and win the boys’s singles title for a fourth time. Steely-eyed and disconcertingly intense in his straight-sets quarter-final victory towards Taylor Fritz – no change there then – the Serb must overcome Ben Shelton, one other house favorite, to safe his place within the ultimate.

Provided that Djokovic has gained his final 9 units on the bounce, Shelton, the younger entertainer, has his work minimize out for him, however he confirmed sufficient in his quarter-final conquer Frances Tiafoe to counsel he’s a particular expertise. The winner will face one in every of Carlos Alcaraz or Daniil Medvedev, who meet within the different semi-final in a while.

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