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Monday, January 30, 2023

Florida’s Ben Shelton in the quarterfinals of his Australian Open debut

FeaturedSports NewsFlorida's Ben Shelton in the quarterfinals of his Australian Open debut

The next stop on Ben Shelton’s impressive debut run at the Australian Open will be the quarterfinals.

The 20-year-old NCAA champion from the University of Florida defeated JJ Wolf 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-2. Monday’s All-American matchup at John Cain Arena in Melbourne Park.

Shelton is playing in his second Grand Slam tournament — and on his first trip outside the United States.

He joined Sebastian Korda to give the U.S. at least two men in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 in Australia.

Yet another American could join him as Tommy Paul is in fourth-round action on Monday, up against Spain’s No. 24 Roberto Bautista Agut.

No. 5 seed Andre Rublev advanced to the men’s quarterfinals with a five-set win on Monday.

The Russian kept coming back, coming back, coming back — down 5-2 in the fifth set, then facing a pair of match points while trailing 6-5, then 5-0 and 7-2 in the first set. from to-10 final tiebreaker — before eventually beating No. 9 Holger Rooney 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (11-9) at Rod Laver Arena.

Robles won it when his backhand return slipped off the net cord and barely, just barely, made it to the cry of the court, which was impossible to reach. Rublev dropped to his back on the baseline and raised both arms as if to say, “Sorry!” – or maybe “Sorry. Not sorry!” – while Roane also threw away his racket.

In the quarterfinals, Rublev will meet either 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, the last man to enter the field with a single major trophy, or Australian Alex de Manor, while Shelton’s next opponent will be Paul or Bautista Agut. Will be.

In the women’s quarterfinals, it will be Magda Linette — at age 31 in her first Slam quarterfinal and 30th major — against Karolina Pliskova, and Aryna Sabalenka against Donna Vekic.

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