Ben Shelton won his first career title in the ATP 500 tournament in Tokyo. The young North American star is one of the great revelations of the season and his growth is evident. We noticed it in Shanghai with the victory in the Chinese ATP Masters 1000 against Jannik Sinner, and even before with the splendid performances at the 2023 US Open.
With this success, Shelton is now number 14 in the ATP ranking and his arrival in the Top-10 is not a utopia: very difficult this season but good chances for the future. In addition to Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner and Holger Rune Ben, Ben is the new era that is advancing and he also demonstrated it in Tokyo where in the final he beat Aslan Karatsev by two sets to zero.
Now Ben will leave for Vienna where a great first round match against Jannik Sinner is scheduled.
Shelton talked at the Tokyo press conference
In the press conference after this extraordinary success, Shelton expressed all his joy: "This victory means a lot to me and to my team.
We have worked hard from the beginning, we are building my game and the goal of course is to win titles in the ATP circuit. It's something we're pursuing consistently, lately I've gotten far in tournaments, that's the goal I'm setting myself.
I have come far in tournaments, I am inspired by the great champions and my goal is to be consistent every week and aim for victory. I'm not interested in reaching the semi-finals, I want to win. Of course, I am aware that it takes time to approach the great champions but this tournament has given me five magnificent challenges and I am really happy to win the title.
Best Ranking? I honestly couldn't wait for this time of year and I believe I had a great opportunity available. At the beginning of the season I often lost at the start, and I didn't play many matches. I feel fresh physically and now I can't wait to return to Europe and compete on the indoor circuit.
Congratulations also to Aslan for his week and for being so consistent on the circuit. I hope he can still achieve good results now and in the future. I still want to thank my team and I am grateful to God who put me in their path. I thank them for all the great contribution they give me."