Australian Open tennis: Paul wins all-USA quarterfinal, Djokovic edges Rublev

Australian Open tennis: Paul wins all-USA quarterfinal, Djokovic edges Rublev.

Australian Open tennis, Paul, all-USA quarterfinal

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Tommy Paul edged Ben Shelton in an all-American quarterfinal at the 2023 Australian Open on Wednesday in Melbourne. Novak Djokovic, Aryna Sabalenka and Magda Linette also advanced to the semifinals on Day 10. Paul totaled seven aces, fired 43 winners, totaled 26 unforced errors and converted 3 of 15 break points in the 7-6(6), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 triumph at Rod Laver Arena. He will meet Djokovic in the semifinals, with the winner earning a ticket to the final. Advertisement "Its going to be a challenging match, but Im playing some of my best tennis so it will be a good time," Paul told reporters, when asked about Djokovic. Paul is the first American man to reach the Australian Open semifinals since Andy Roddick in 2009. He is the second American man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since 2018. RELATED Australian Open tennis: Tsitsipas claims semis spot; Americans Pegula, Korda exit Shelton totaled 24 aces, 42 winners, logged 50 unforced errors and converted 2 of 4 break points in the three-hour, six-minute match. "I definitely exceeded my expectations this week, not just tennis wise, but physically," Shelton said. "I was pretty pleased with myself." Advertisement

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Tommy Paul edged Ben Shelton in an all-American quarterfinal at the 2023 Australian Open on Wednesday in Melbourne. Novak Djokovic, Aryna Sabalenka and Magda Linette also advanced to the semifinals on Day 10.

Paul totaled seven aces, fired 43 winners, totaled 26 unforced errors and converted 3 of 15 break points in the 7-6(6), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 triumph at Rod Laver Arena. He will meet Djokovic in the semifinals, with the winner earning a ticket to the final. Advertisement

"Its going to be a challenging match, but Im playing some of my best tennis so it will be a good time," Paul told reporters, when asked about Djokovic.

Paul is the first American man to reach the Australian Open semifinals since Andy Roddick in 2009. He is the second American man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since 2018. RELATED Australian Open tennis: Tsitsipas claims semis spot; Americans Pegula, Korda exit

"I definitely exceeded my expectations this week, not just tennis wise, but physically," Shelton said. "I was pretty pleased with myself." Advertisement

Paul, Shelton and Sebastian Korda were the first three American men to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals in more than 20 years. Korda retired from his Day 9 quarterfinal due to injury. RELATED Australian Open: American mens run fueled by confidence, desire to be best

Djokovic, the No. 4 seed, beat No. 5 Andrey Rublev of Russia 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. The Serbian totaled 14 aces, 32 winners and converted 5 of 14 break points. Rublev totaled six aces, 26 winners and converted none of his five break-point attempts.

On the womens side, Sabalenka and Linette each advanced in straight sets. Sabalenka, the No. 5 seed, beat Donn Vekic of Croatia 6-3, 6-2. The Russian totaled nine aces, 38 winners and converted 5 of 13 break points in the one-hour, 49-minute match. RELATED Australian Open tennis: Djokovic, four Americans advance to quarterfinals

No. 24 Viktoria Azarenka of Belarus will battle No. 22 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in the other womens semifinal. Rybakina and Azarenka advanced on Day 9 with straight-sets quarterfinal victories. Advertisement

Womens semifinal coverage will start at 3:30 a.m. EST Thursday on ESPN and ESPN+. The mens semifinals will start at 10:30 p.m. Thursday on the same platforms.

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