The last American in the men's singles field, Ben Shelton, faces his toughest test yet in Friday's semifinal - 23-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic.
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|Monday, August 28th - Sunday, September 10, 2023
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20-year-old American Ben Shelton is the underdog story of the US Open. On Friday, he has a chance to shock the sports world.
The Gainesville, Florida native faces 23-time Grand Slam and arguable tennis ‘GOAT’ Novak Djokovic in the men’s singles semifinals on Friday afternoon. Shelton is playing in just his fifth Grand Slam, with the 2023 Australian Open quarterfinal his deepest run prior to his run at Flushing Meadows.
Shelton downed fellow Americans (10) Frances Tiafoe and (14) Tommy Paul in the two rounds leading up to the matchup with Djokovic. Shelton is +900 to win the match against the Serbian.
Djokovic, meanwhile, is eyeing his fourth US Open title and 24th Grand Slam triumph, breaking his own record for major titles won set at the French Open earlier this year.
No man has won back-to-back US Open titles since Roger Federer in 2008.
20-year-old sensation Carlos Alcaraz is two wins away from doing just that.
The reigning US Open champion faces (3) Daniil Medvedev on Friday night for a spot in the men’s singles final. An Alcaraz win would mark his third Grand Slam final appearance in his young career, a stage where he has not yet lost.
The Spaniard is -400 to defeat Medvedev on Friday night.
Medvedev fell to Alcaraz in straight sets in the Wimbeldon semifinal in July, but the hard-court setting in New York should pose a much stiffer test for the world No. 1. The Russian won his only Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 2021, and has flown under the radar as one of the top performers at this year’s tournament.
Coco Gauff will face (2) Aryna Sabalenka in the women’s singles final on Saturday after the 19-year-old downed (10) Karolina Muchova in two sets on Thursday night.
Guaff can become the youngest American woman to win the US Open since a 17-year-old Serena Williams won at Flushing Meadows in 1999.
It will be the teenager’s second career Grand Slam final – Gauff lost to Iga Swiatek in the 2022 French Open final.
Despite playing on home turf, Saturday’s championship will be a huge challenge for Gauff. Her opponent is the most powerful player in the women’s game and has dropped just one set in the 2023 US Open.
Sabalenka is the -120 favorite to win a second career Grand Slam.