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Ben Shelton Overcomes a Setback to Advance to the Dallas Open Semifinals

<p>Ben Shelton overcame Jordan Thompson 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to go to the Dallas Open quarterfinals.</p>
<p>In another quarterfinal match, the third-seeded American will take on his fellow citizen Tommy Paul, the No. 2 seed, who defeated Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 7-5, 6-3.</p>
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<p>In the late match, Australia’s James Duckworth would take against France’s Adrian Mannarino, the fourth seed who advanced to the quarterfinals without having to play a match.</p>
<p>Serving for the second set in a match that didn’t even include a break point until the 19th game, Shelton saved three break points in the contest’s decisive game.</p>
<p>On his second match point, the 21-year-old, who is aiming for his second ATP Tour title, prevailed thanks to a forehand that found the baseline.</p>
<p>After falling to Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open quarterfinals the previous summer, Shelton faced Mannarino in the Australian Open third round and lost in five sets.</p>
<p>Shelton said, “I think it’s impressive any time you can come back and get a win after losing the first set, especially against someone who serves as well as Jordan does.” “He brought up so many issues today. I had to figure out every match’s puzzle.</p>
<p>The server took the first three points in the tiebreaker after the first set ended without a break point, and Thompson won the crosscourt match with a volley when both players were at the net to take a 3-1 lead.</p>
<p>After winning six consecutive games to take a 6-1 lead, Australian No. 7 seed Thompson ended the set two points later after Shelton’s ball went long.</p>
<p>At 3-3 in the second set, Shelton grabbed his first break point of the match. After surviving Thompson’s first three break points of the match, he converted a third set point on his serve to seal out the set. He had previously converted the third with a forehand winner on the return of service.</p>
<p>Shelton’s greatest performance was in the third set, when he broke Thompson at love with three consecutive wins. In the decisive match, the big-serving left-hander held off Thompson on many occasions, hitting above 140 mph.</p>
<p>In the first set, Koepfer made two unintentional mistakes that allowed Paul to take three set chances. Paul sealed the victory with a deep forehand that forced Koepfer to hit another one into the net.</p>
<p>On his sixth match point, Paul won the game with a forehand.</p>