ATP Shanghai: Ben Shelton tops Jannik Sinner and hangs up the phone!



by JOVICA ILIC

ATP Shanghai: Ben Shelton tops Jannik Sinner and hangs up the phone!
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A day after turning 21, the American Ben Shelton reached his first Masters 1000 quarter-final. Shelton took down world no. 4 Jannik Sinner 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 in two and a half hours, overcoming a slow start and prevailing over one of the title favorites.

It was their first duel, and both players had their chances. The Italian denied eight break chances in the decider, standing two points away from victory in the tie break but ending on the losing side. They served at 73%, with the American playing better on the first and the Italian on the second serve.

Jannik denied nine out of ten break chances, facing only two in the opening two sets. Shelton got broken two times in the opening set, raising his level from the second and denying two break chances at the crucial moment at 3-4 in the decider.

The American blasted 38 service winners, winning over half of the points behind the initial shot with a booming serve! They had a similar number of winners and unforced errors, and it all came to a couple of decisive points in the tie break.

Ben Shelton will compete in his first Masters 1000 quarter-final in Shanghai.

Ben stayed in touch with Jannik in the more advanced rallies, improving his baseline game and notching a notable victory for a place in the last eight.

Shelton sprayed a forehand error in the encounter's first game to drop serve and fall behind. Jannik served well early on, holding at love for 4-2 and breaking again a few minutes later after Ben's double fault. The Italian served for the opener at 5-2 and held at 30 with a smash winner for 6-2 in 32 minutes.

Shelton produced five fine holds in set number two and kept the pressure on Sinner. Jannik lost the ground behind the initial shot in the fourth game, playing a wild forehand and getting broken at love. Shelton served for the set at 5-3 and squandered a 40-0 advantage.

The American cracked an ace after deuce, wrapping up the set and forcing a decider after an hour and 15 minutes. Losing ground a bit, Jannik experienced five break chances at the beginning of the third set. The Italian denied them and held with a forehand winner for a massive boost.

Ben closed the second game after deuces, and they struggled behind the initial shot again from game number seven. The Italian denied three break points in games seven and nine and two return opportunities at 4-3. Jannik netted a routine backhand on a break point in the eighth game, in what could have been one of the encounter's crucial points.

Sinner survived the ninth game, and they served well in the next three to introduce a tie break. Shelton moved 4-0 up before Sinner rattled off five points, moving in front after his rival's loose backhand. Ben opened a 6-5 lead with two forehand winners, creating a match point.

The American placed a deep return and caused the Italian's mistake to convert and celebrate a notable victory.

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