The American professional tennis player, Ben Shelton is one of the rising stars in the field of tennis. He has been exceptional at the 2023 US Open, and now he has won his first ATP title. He defeated Aslan Karatsev in straight sets in the final of the Japan Open. This is his first final appearance in an ATP tournament, and he wins it with ease.
To become the 2023 Japan Open champion, Ben Shelton defeated players like
- Taro Daniel in the round of 32
- Jordan Thompson in the round of 16
- Tommy Paul in the quarterfinals
- Marcos Giron in the semifinals
- Aslan Karatsev in the finals
If you take a look back at his 2023 US Open illustrative run, he defeated both Aslan Karatsev and Tommy Paul to get ahead of them. He was one of the semi-finalists at the US Open but lost the game against Novak Djokovic.
He is just 21 years old and has won one title so far. Before this win, he had two semi-final appearances, but he couldn’t cross hurdles at that time. But this time he did it with ease and defeated Aslan Karatsev by 7-5 in the first set and 6-1 in the second set.
As we all know, the ATP finals are inching closer, and four spots are yet to be filled. Can he qualify for his first ATP finals, or will he have to wait for one more season?
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Ben Shelton stats in the 2023 season
- Matches played: 48
- Games won: 25
- Games lost: 23
- Win percentage: 52%
- Titles: 1 (Japan Open)
- Current Singles Ranking: 14th (2,355 points, as of October 22nd, 2023)